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More prison or less prison? Judiciary Committee kills a “tough on crime” bill and moves a reform bill forward

Nov. 17, 2017

By Better Wyoming staff

After the Good Ol’ Boys killed a comprehensive criminal justice reform bill last legislative session via dirty back-room politics (read Andrew Graham’s excellent exposé on the subject at WyoFile), the Joint Judiciary Committee is trying to pick up the pieces and move them forward, bit […]

Peterson, Curley, and who pays if Wyoming moves away from minerals

Nov. 15, 2017

By Better Wyoming staff

Sen. Ray Peterson is as much against raising taxes as most of his fellow conservative legislators. As co-chairman of the Joint Revenue Committee, the Cowley Republican has railed against allegedly “wasteful spending” on education and maintains that Wyoming should further cut K-12 public school budgets […]

Want to cut Wyoming education funding? Fine. That means closing rural schools.

Nov. 6, 2017

By Better Wyoming staff

When lawmakers argue that funding cuts can solve Wyoming’s education budget crisis, they talk about things like “bloated teacher salaries” and too much administrative bureaucracy. These things, they say, are what causes Wyoming to pay one of the highest per-student costs for education in the […]

Fearful of proposing new revenues, State Senator uses fake math to argue for education cuts

Oct. 30, 2017

By Better Wyoming staff

It’s hard to tell whether Sen. Ray Peterson (R-Cowley) is misinformed or just plain lying when he says things like: Every Wyoming citizen will have to pay an extra $2,000 a year in taxes unless the Legislature makes deep cuts to public education.

Peterson trotted this […]

“Recalibration” committee members slam Sheridan senator over bogus claims about Wyoming public school performance

Oct. 20, 2017

By Better Wyoming staff

The Wyoming State Legislature, for all its shortcomings, is typically a polite group. Lawmakers tend to avoid making each other look bad.

But at last week’s School Finance “Recalibration” Committee meeting in Casper, a few committee members appeared to lose their patience when a state senator […]

While Wyoming State Senate leadership pushes for more education cuts, a committee votes to require new computer science courses in public schools

Oct. 17, 2017

By Better Wyoming staff

Many Wyoming state senators finished last legislative session feeling confident that the cuts they’d made to public education were just a start.

For the second year in a row, the Senate had led a campaign to slash public school funding—$55 million in cuts over the past […]

Amidst education funding crisis, Wyoming cities remind Legislature that they’re broke, too

Sept. 27, 2017

By Better Wyoming staff

A legislative committee has agreed to draft a bill that would provide $105 million to local governments for the next biennium, the same amount they received in a special appropriation from the state two years ago.

How that request will be received by a Legislature that […]

Wyoming travel industry wants a new tourism tax so it can invest in and pay for itself

Sept. 21, 2017

By Better Wyoming staff

“Tax us.”

No one in Wyoming would ever say that, according to Republican state leaders like Senate President Eli Bebout (R-Riverton). He swears people only want legislators to cut, cut, cut public services—all the way to the bone and beyond.

Do people mind paying more in taxes […]

Lawmaker proposes to divert mineral tax revenues from savings accounts and use them to fund education instead

Sept. 18, 2017

By Better Wyoming staff

Most people in Wyoming don’t want to cut public education, because education is really important and we should continue to properly fund it. Duh.

But at the same time, the state has grown so accustomed to having mineral taxes pay for all our public services—including education—that […]

Protecting special education funding at a time when “all options are on the table”

Sept. 5, 2017

By Better Wyoming staff

Terri Dawson came to an education meeting in her hometown of Buffalo last month determined to explain why Wyoming needs to continue funding special education.

She is the director of the statewide Parent Information Center, which advocates for and empowers families of children with disabilities. She […]