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There’s a paradox. Anyone who goes to a public budget hearing knows how poorly attended they are. The problem is, because no one attends public budget hearings, no one ever realizes it. If the budget hearing takes place and no one was there to see it, did it really happen? The city of Gillette held...
I have been asked on more than one occasion why I felt it was the newspaper’s responsibility to hold local governments accountable for adhering to Wyoming’s open meetings and public records law, and my answer has always been the same: Because somebody has to do it. The idea that elected officials...
W ith governmental dollars handed out by the truckload over the last few years, a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are happy to see local entities considering various spending avenues for the funds, not just lining their employees pockets.  Both the Weston County School District No. 1...
The Supreme Court’s historic rejection in U.S. v. Nixon (1974) — “The Watergate Tapes Case” — of President Richard Nixon’s assertion of an “absolute” and “unreviewable” authority to invoke executive privilege, saved the republic from an unaccountable, autocratic executive and won richly-deserved...
Senate committee advances bill removing certain public notice requirements in newspapers   By Tom Coulter Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange   CHEYENNE – A Senate committee advanced a bill Thursday that would remove some of the public notices that local governments are required to...
Even during a global pandemic and a state budget crisis, a group of Wyoming lawmakers has a chance later this month to continue a conversation that could lead to greater government transparency at all levels. But without the right attitude going in, it could actually keep the public even more in...

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TeenPact Wyoming state class of 2020 had the privilege of hearing from, meeting and getting a photo with Governor Mark Gordon. TeenPact Leadership Schools seeks to educate and groom future leaders of America. 

“C hanging Lives to Change the World” is the motto and mission of TeenPact Leadership Schools as its members seek to educate youth in the workings of government and how to get involved and make an impact for Christ.  At the beginning of March, I had the opportunity to attend my second state class...
Watchdog group praises transparency website   By Ramsey Scott Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange   CHEYENNE — A newly created transparency website will give the public access to Wyoming state government expenditures and be a boon for fiscal watchdogs. That was the take- away from the...
By Michael Illiano The Sheridan Press Via Wyoming News Exchange   SHERIDAN — The candidates for state auditor continue to spar over plans to improve transparency in state government as the focus shifts to the efficacy of a Republican working group created to examine the issue. Last week, Republican...

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