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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 […]

Fearing cuts, educators want to keep school funding model

Aug. 28, 2017

By Better Wyoming staff

Educators at a recent meeting on school funding in Buffalo all said they fear more legislative budget cuts and want to see the state stick with its current funding model.

But a Gillette legislator tried to throw a bucket of cold water on that idea even […]

Smoke ’em if ya got ’em: Tobacco lobbyists bamboozle legislators and score a victory for their industry

Aug. 18, 2017

By Better Wyoming staff

A group of men comes together in a parking lot to slap each other on the back and loudly proclaim victory.

“Great job guys!”

“Teamwork!”

“Like a well-oiled machine!”

They’re not athletes after a football game. They’re lobbyists working for the tobacco industry—and they’re amped up and giddy outside […]

Lawmakers, assured tax bills will fail, vote to move tax bills forward

Aug. 16, 2017

By Better Wyoming staff

Like a group of mopey pre-teens ordered to clean their messy rooms, the Wyoming State Legislature’s Revenue Committee met earlier this month in Thermopolis under orders to do what its members apparently hate most: figure out new forms of revenue to fund Wyoming public schools […]

“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 […]