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“Recalibration” won’t make Wyoming public schools more efficient—but it provides political cover to lawmakers who want to cut education funding

Aug. 8, 2017

By Better Wyoming staff

The consulting firm hired to tweak Wyoming’s public school funding system in an attempt to address the state’s $250 million education budget shortfall told a legislative committee late last month they could complete their evaluation and make recommendations by December or January.

That’s not fast enough, […]

Wyoming is the best in the United States at educating low-income students. But will our leading role survive the Legislature’s budget cuts?

July 24, 2017

By the Better Wyoming staff

State legislators who claim Wyoming doesn’t get enough “bang for the bucks” it spends on public education should get a failing grade.

Data released earlier this year by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) shows that Wyoming tops the nation in an important measure […]

Thanks to Wyoming’s Constitution, a state income tax would raise significant revenues while mostly affecting the rich

July 17, 2017

By Better Wyoming staff

One of the main reasons Wyomingites oppose a state income tax is the long-held belief that average folks would have to pay much more of their hard-earned money to the government.

Boooo! Right?

But buried in the appendixes to a 20-year-old study of Wyoming’s tax structure, a […]

Can Wyoming Learn From Kansas’ Monumental Tax Mistake?

July 10, 2017

By the Better Wyoming staff

Facing a huge budget deficit, conservative legislators refuse to raise taxes to produce additional revenue and dig the state out of a hole. Efforts to recruit businesses have failed to diversify the state’s economy, and lawmakers start tapping reserve funds to keep state government […]

Sen. Ray Peterson pretends to care about poor people (when it fits his anti-tax agenda)

June 22, 2017

By Better Wyoming staff

Don’t tell Sen. Ray Peterson (R-Cowley) that funding Wyoming’s public education system is the state’s top priority.

At a meeting last week in Riverton, the co-chairman of the Joint Revenue Interim Committee recounted an email he received from a woman in Gillette who told him that […]

Lawmakers slightly change their tunes on taxes and education

June 20, 2017

By Better Wyoming staff

The budget crunch facing Wyoming education has lawmakers speaking a little differently these days.

Sure, Senate President Eli Bebout (R-Riverton) still hems and haws about Wyoming’s “spending problem” and claims there’s a “silent majority” that apparently is fine with gutting public education. But even this staunch […]

Guess which sparsely populated mineral rich state is getting an income tax…

June 8, 2017

By Better Wyoming staff

Wyoming and Alaska, which both depend heavily on taxing minerals to fund their state governments, are two of the nine U.S. states that do not have a state income tax. Both also face huge deficits.

But Alaska is considering an income tax now, while Wyoming officials […]

Everything you know about Wyoming taxes is wrong

June 6, 2017

By Better Wyoming Staff

The truth about Wyoming’s tax structure and how it affects our economy is likely the opposite of what many residents think.

It’s important to know how the tax system works—especially who it punishes and who it rewards—as state legislators reluctantly begin debating if any taxes should […]

Cookout and Speak Out for Wyoming Public Schools!

Tell the Legislature to “Buck Up” for Wyoming Public Education

Wyoming faces a $400 million annual shortfall in its education budget, even after cutting $55 million the past two years.
 The Legislature can’t cut its way out of this budget crisis.
We need to raise new revenues now.

Join us to deliver this message […]

Learning to “live within our means” won’t fix Wyoming’s money problems

May 17, 2017

By Nate Martin

My cousin’s son was living in his basement. The kid is 19 years old, and he had been mowing some lawns for cash. But most of his day-to-day expenses were covered by an allowance from his parents.

Last month, my cousin told him: “Son, it’s time for […]