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Just what Wyoming needs: More laws to imprison people for marijuana

Dec. 5, 2017

By Better Wyoming staff

Late last month the state Legislature’s Joint Judiciary Committee voted to sponsor two new bills that would make possessing edible marijuana a felony.

Lawmakers have failed repeatedly to put a law on the books to regulate pot that’s not in “plant form”—from cookies to tinctures and […]

Revenue Committee to consider property tax bill to fund schools and reduce tax burden on low-income homeowners

Dec. 1, 2017

By Better Wyoming staff

The pressure is intense on the state legislature’s Joint Revenue Committee to not pass any proposals that would raise new revenues for Wyoming public schools.

On Friday, the committee’s co-chairs, Rep. Mike Madden (R-Buffalo) and Sen. Ray Peterson (R-Cowley), presented an update on their work to […]

Proposals to make strangling your wife a “violent” felony test whether anyone in Wyoming (besides the ACLU) is really serious about criminal justice reform

Nov. 30, 2017

By Better Wyoming staff

Strangling your wife is not considered a “violent” crime in Wyoming.

Wyoming’s laws protecting women from domestic violence are weak across the board. Classifying domestic strangulation as “nonviolent,” as our state’s statutes currently do, seems like one of several no-brainer problems that decency might compel the […]

Raising cigarette taxes is a popular, commonsense way to raise revenues, save money, and improve Wyoming’s health

Nov. 27, 2017

By Better Wyoming staff

Something’s wrong when elected officials won’t listen to more than three-quarters of Wyoming residents who say they want higher taxes on cigarettes.

Claims that Wyoming voters won’t stand for any tax increases are simply not true. A December 2016 University of Wyoming study indicated that 78 […]

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 […]