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More than 3 million Americans have lost employer-based health insurance over the past two weeks; and policy analysts look to keep us healthy and financially stable.

2020Talks - April 6, 2020 


Wisconsin is planning to go ahead with primaries as usual, despite requests for a delay from the Governor, and lawsuits from voting rights advocates. There's also a judicial election, where a liberal judge is challenging the conservative incumbent.

Public News Service - WY: Livable Wages/Working Families

School food service staff members in Wyoming are shifting gears as classrooms close, and finding creative ways to make sure children don't go hungry during the COVID-19 crisis. (Wyoming Department of Education)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- As Wyoming joins the national effort to protect public health in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis by closing classrooms, school districts are finding creative ways to make sure children who rely on school meals can continue to get healthy, nutritious food. Tamra Jackson, nutrition

A new study says switching to a single-payer health-care system would create demand for 2.3 million full-time health care workers. (Flickr)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- New research from the Economic Policy Institute shows that switching to a single-payer health system would boost the overall economy, make it easier for workers to switch jobs or start businesses and create a net surplus of new jobs. Josh Bivens, research director at the institut

The 12% reduction in Wyoming state pension checks due to rising healthcare costs equals about four tanks of gas and a half-month's worth of groceries. (Daniel Case/Wikimedia Commons)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – On December 1, retired public employees in Wyoming saw a 12% increase in the cost of their health coverage, which is taken directly out of their monthly pension checks. Retirees receive, on average, $1,600 in pension benefits a month, and Betty Jo Beardsley – executive

Vertical Harvest operates on one-tenth of an acre, yet grows produce at a rate equivalent to a traditional five acre soil farm. (Vertical Harvest)

JACKSON, Wyo. – An indoor vertical farm in Jackson that produces and sells roughly 100,000 pounds of fresh produce annually is powered by a workforce built on the concept of diversity. Nearly two-thirds of Vertical Harvest's workers face disabilities, including autism, Down syndrome or visio

Between 2008 and 2017, more than half of U.S. coal mines closed operations, and dropping costs for renewables make coal a less attractive energy source. (Greg Goebel/Wikimedia Commons)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Murray Energy recently became the fifth coal company this year to file for bankruptcy, and Ann Eisenberg, an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law, maintains it's past time to have a conversation about creating what has been called a just trans

Scientists say regenerative farming practices that don't use synthetic fertilizers or chemical pesticides can help capture more carbon from the atmosphere and create healthier soil for crops. (Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Agriculture is the fourth-largest producer of climate pollution. Now farmers and ranchers from across the U.S. have launched a campaign urging Congress to pass a Green New Deal that supports regenerative family farming and ranching practices over industrial-scale agribusiness.

Currently, only 8% of Wyoming families can afford infant care, according to federal affordability standards. (Pixnio)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – A new Economic Policy Institute report shows how hard it is for Wyoming families to pay for early child care and education for one child, let alone two. Zane Mokhiber, a data analyst at the Institute, says most people don't think of infant care as a particular cost burden, w

In the 1980s, just 1-in-3 retired households were financially insecure, compared with nearly 1-in-2 today. (401kcalculator/Flickr)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Fewer employers offering pensions, a lack of retirement savings, higher health costs and longer life expectancy is putting the dream of a secure retirement out of reach for millions of Americans. Sarah Gill is senior legislative representative for AARP. She said the average

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