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Stagnant Wages And A Rising Cost Of Living Make Things Difficult For Wyoming Families

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The Self-Sufficiency Standard for Wyoming 2020 recently came out. It's a study that takes into account all kinds of factors for working families, including how many adults are in your household, the number of children, or which county you live in. And then it works like a calculator to determine the amount of income required to meet basic needs at a minimally adequate level.

The idea is to provide this information to all kinds of decision makers, from lawmakers to non-profits, to businesses that want to set up shop in the state, and need to know just how much to pay their workers. Wyoming Public Radio's Maggie Mullen sat down with Rebekah Smith and Alex Shannon from the Wyoming Women's Foundation to talk about the findings.

Have a question about this story? Contact the reporter, Maggie Mullen, at mmullen5@uwyo.edu.

Maggie Mullen is Wyoming Public Radio's regional reporter with the Mountain West News Bureau. Her work has aired on NPR, Marketplace, Science Friday, and Here and Now. She was awarded a 2019 regional Edward R. Murrow Award for her story on the Black 14.
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