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The Wage Gap on Wednesday's Access Utah

A Republican party official in Wasatch County recently criticized a bill that addresses a pay gap in the workforce. According to the Washington Post, James Green “said that men have traditionally earned more than women and, citing ‘simple economics,’ argued that things should stay that way.” Green’s letter to the editor, published in two Utah newspapers, produced a backlash and prompted him to write an apology and resign as vice chair of the Wasatch County Republican Party.

State Senator Jacob Anderegg’s (R-Lehi) SB 210 would “commission a study on whether there’s a pay gap between male and female workers in the Utah, ...require certain employers to adopt a uniform criteria that will be used to determine whether someone should get a raise based on performance, and ...create a pay index that states the average pay range for each occupation based on years of experience.” (Washington Post)

We’ll talk about the wage gap on Wednesday’s Access Utah. What do you think? Have you experienced a wage gap? Do you support Sen. Anderegg’s bill? Does his bill go far enough? What can and should be done? You can comment right now to upraccess@gmail.com and you can call us at 1.800.826.1495 during the show Wednesday 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.

Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996. He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.) He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah.” He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.