Rep Mike Madden, Buffalo, was the lone Republican to join democrats in voting to introduce HB 45, a bill to raise Wyoming’s minimum wage to $9.00/hour.
“I thought it was important for the public to have a forum in a legislative committee to hear their respective views,” Madden explained. “Refusing introduction cut everybody off at the knees who wanted to weigh in on it.”
He also thought the Wyoming Labor Department could have provided some accurate information about how many jobs and in which sectors the new minimum wage would affect.
“Based on that information, we could have perhaps amended the minimum wage amount so that a compromise could be reached by those that thought it was a job killer and those that think too many people are being paid under a living wage,” Madden concluded.
If only more members of Madden’s party were willing to compromise and at least listen to the public and the minority party, perhaps the House would do more than kill bills.