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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]