State of Wyoming Archives: on Jobs


Merav Ben-David: Implement Federal Job Guarantee program for unemployed

Wyoming is˙projected˙to lose more than 25,000 jobs. It is time to implement the Federal Job Guarantee program. It was intended to use federal funds to support state-based job creation while guaranteeing employment with a livable wage. Oil-field workers who lost their jobs when the number of oil rigs dropped from 32 to 4 in the past year can be re-hired to install solar panels at hydro-electric dams, plug up abandoned wells, or build wind farms.
Source: 2020 Wyoming Senate campaign website CorkyForSenate.com Oct 10, 2020

Yana Ludwig: Supports locally grounded worker-owned cooperatives

In a state dominated by a party that considers "socialism" a four-letter word, Ludwig--who considers herself a socialist--wants to open conversations about what the word really means.

"I think people are trying to throw socialism on as being left of Democrats, but we're talking about economic systems--not political orientations," she said. "I do identify as a socialist, and I'm going to be really open about that on the campaign."

The type of socialism she hopes to boost on the campaign trail is one that is "locally grounded," she said, with worker-owned cooperatives a fundamental building block of the economy, rather than large corporations where the majority of benefits are often reaped by a select few.

Source: Casper Star-Tribune on 2020 Wyoming Senate race Jun 12, 2019

Bill Dahlin: People leaving to seek out-of-state jobs; remedy needed

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Wyoming's available workforce has gone from approximately 297K to roughly 292K from June 2017 to November 2017 with available jobs going from 285K to 280K. This trend remains that way in the face of the increase in jobs in the energy sectors. The unemployment rate is relative to the available workforce to the current active jobs. In other words people are leaving our state to find opportunity while we are still retaining a low unemployment rating.
Source: 2018 Wyoming gubernatorial website DahlinForGovernor.com Sep 18, 2018

Mark Gordon: Train workforce to meet the needs of today and tomorrow

We also need to align our workforce training with industry needs. Wyoming's community and technical colleges must be proactive and adaptive so we can quickly train workers for the jobs of today and tomorrow. The Wyoming Lodging & Restaurant Associations ProStart Program, a two-year curriculum that prepares high school students for careers in the restaurant and foodservice industry, is a terrific example of how the private sector can successfully drive workforce training within the public system.
Source: 2018 Wyoming gubernatorial website GordonForWyoming.com Sep 18, 2018

Gary Trauner: Work to level the playing field for regular workers

The free market is a great tool for job creation. However, it isn't a perfect system. Instead of giving unfair advantages to corporations and other countries, I will: Support a living wage for workers who work full-time. Make sure regular workers can band together to level the playing field with large corporations and management. Provide incentives to companies that are developing the economy of tomorrow to benefit workers today. Focus on developing the foundation of our entire economy - energy.
Source: 2018 Wyoming Senatorial campaign website TraunerForWY.com Feb 22, 2018

Charlie Hardy: Raise the minimum wage

The minimum wage should be raised both to help people and to boost the economy, Hardy said. Henry Ford realized more than a century ago that if he paid people better he would have happier, more productive workers, and they would spend money, causing all businesses--including his own--to benefit.
Source: Powell Tribune coverage of 2014 Wyoming Senate race Mar 18, 2014

Charlie Hardy: Raising the minimum wage reduces need for welfare

His motive to run, Hardy said, is the estimated 30,000 children in Wyoming who will not eat three meals today as well as the men and women who will work all week and not make enough money to take care of their families' basic needs.

He called for increases in the minimum wage and job creation. Raising the minimum wage will pump more money into the economy and will reduce people's need to rely on food stamps and welfare, he said. Hardy said his campaign will be grass-roots, "to go around the state and meet people." Improving the nation's decaying infrastructure will create jobs, he said. "I have spent my life listening to and being with people to whom the politicians haven't been listening," Hardy said. "I don't plan to stop now."

Source: Billings Gazette on 2014 Wyoming Senate race Feb 5, 2014

Matt Mead: Wyoming unemployment at 5.8% while nation over 8%

What is the condition of Wyoming? While other places face extreme revenue shortfalls and severe budget constraints, Wyoming does not. The nation continues to be plagued with high unemployment--still north of 8%. In contrast, while Wyoming's unemployment rate in winter 2010 was 7.5%, it has been under 6% since June 2011 and stands at 5.8% by latest reports. Wyoming is strong in employment.
Source: Wyoming 2012 State of the State Address Feb 13, 2012

Tim Chesnut: Increase the state minimum wage

Source: Wyoming 2004 Congressional National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2004

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2020 Presidential contenders on Jobs:
  Democrats running for President:
Sen.Michael Bennet (D-CO)
V.P.Joe Biden (D-DE)
Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Gov.Deval Patrick (D-MA)
Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
CEO Andrew Yang (D-NY)

2020 Third Party Candidates:
Rep.Justin Amash (L-MI)
CEO Don Blankenship (C-WV)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Howie Hawkins (G-NY)
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Howard Schultz(I-WA)
Gov.Jesse Ventura (I-MN)
Republicans running for President:
Sen.Ted Cruz(R-TX)
Gov.Larry Hogan (R-MD)
Gov.John Kasich(R-OH)
V.P.Mike Pence(R-IN)
Gov.Mark Sanford (R-SC)
Pres.Donald Trump(R-NY)
Rep.Joe Walsh (R-IL)
Gov.Bill Weld(R-MA & L-NY)

2020 Withdrawn Democratic Candidates:
Sen.Stacey Abrams (D-GA)
Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NYC)
Sen.Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Sen.Mike Gravel (D-AK)
Sen.Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Gov.John Hickenlooper (D-CO)
Gov.Jay Inslee (D-WA)
Mayor Wayne Messam (D-FL)
Rep.Seth Moulton (D-MA)
Rep.Beto O`Rourke (D-TX)
Rep.Tim Ryan (D-CA)
Adm.Joe Sestak (D-PA)
Rep.Eric Swalwell (D-CA)
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