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Make your vote count   To the Editor: What is a free lunch? A concept that considers half of the equation. It may indeed be free to the recipient; however, it is certainly not free to the provider. Who benefits from a free lunch? A starving person, certainly; an obese person, not so much. What is a...
CASPER — Wyoming’s economy took a $2 billion roller coaster ride in 2021. The $1 billion deficit the state expected at the start of the year became a $1.4 billion surplus as energy demand came roaring back and federal relief poured in.  As the state’s finances changed, so did voters’ preferences,...
LCCC study: Wyo residents can afford more taxes   By Nick Reynolds, WyoFile.com   Wyoming residents can afford to pay more in taxes, an analysis by the Laramie County Community College’s Center for Business and Economic Analysis argues, citing the state’s already-low tax burden and relatively...
Resolution would require voter approval for tax increases   By Stephen Dow The Sheridan Press Via Wyoming News Exchange   CHEYENNE — Economist and former state Rep. Mike Madden, R-Buffalo, knows the challenges of passing new taxes in Wyoming. During his 12 years in the Wyoming Legislature and seven...

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On Jan 6, as the Electoral College Certification was taking place in Washington, D.C., Wyoming state representatives and senators met with 47 people at The Pizza Barn in Newcastle. The event was hosted by Newcastle’s new mayor and owner of The Pizza Barn, Pam Gualtieri, and set up and introduced by the Weston County Republican Party Chairperson, Kari Drost. Questions and opinions were brought forth from constituents, as officials made cases for their views. Some of the most important issues brought forward, with some solutions — not all of which were well accepted by the voters —were budget problems. Attendees brought up education and health care, stating that those two items take up approximately 80% of the annual cost of running the state. This discussion took up the bulk of the time. Another issue discussed was a desire of the majority present to redistrict the state according to the original plan, i.e. according to county lines. Major concern was addressed about the issues Newcastle, as well as other rural communities, face because of districts cutting these cities in half or worse, an issue that leads to representation that is not sufficient for smaller population areas, while larger southern cities have the bulk of power in the state. Present to address the voters were from District 01 Sen. Ogden Driskill, from District 03 Sen. Cheri Steinmetz, from District 01 Rep. Chip Neiman, and from District 02 Rep. Hans Hunt. Pictured are Steinmetz, Hunt and Driskill.

 
Alexis Barker NLJ News Editor   A new year brings a new legislature, even during a global pandemic, and while the 66th Wyoming Legislature’s general session may look different this year as legislators from across the state meet virtually to address Wyoming’s biggest issues.  According to  Rep. Hans...
Despite troubles, coal companies on time with taxes   By Jonathan Gallardo Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange   GILLETTE — Last year was not a good one for the coal industry, with production dropping significantly again partly due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But there is one problem that...
Report: State missed out on billions in oil and gas taxes   By Camille Erickson  Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange   CASPER — Wyoming taxpayers lost billions of dollars in potential revenue from oil and gas lease sales over the past decade due to outdated royalty and lease terms,...
Wyoming mayors push lawmakers to consider tax options amid budget crisis   By Tom Coulter Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange   CHEYENNE – With Wyoming facing a projected $1.5 billion revenue shortfall over the next two years, a few mayors from across the state asked lawmakers Monday to...
Questions surround Blackjewel debt to feds   By Greg Johnson Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange   GILLETTE — The only thing in the way of hundreds of Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr coal miners going back to work is $60 million that nobody has. That’s what bankrupt Blackjewel LLC owes the...
Gillette mayor rips Legislature for lack of ‘focus,’ pragmatism   By Andrew Graham, WyoFile.com   GILLETTE — The mayor of the coal capital of Wyoming offered pointed criticism of the Legislature earlier this month, saying lawmakers need to focus on finding solutions for cities and towns trying to...

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