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The Legislature’s approval of an actual tax increase suggests that lawmakers understand cuts alone can’t fix Wyoming budget crisis.
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A proposed severance tax break for Wyoming oil and gas companies is meant to prop up the industries. But markets—not tax rates—have historically determined production levels.
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A bill would give a tax break to coal companies who ship their coal from Wyoming to Asia through ports in Canada and Mexico.
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Lawmakers used budget amendments last week to force UW to re-negotiate its student group insurance plan to remove abortion coverage. This is despite the fact that student insurance consists of private plans paid for with private funds.
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Bills to ban “crossover voting” in party primaries and to decrease minority party participation in the Legislature’s Management Council died in 2019. New, less strident versions are back in 2020.
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Medical professionals, including one committee member, condemned the proposal to criminalize doctors who fail to perform life-saving procedures on aborted fetuses that are “born alive.”
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The same bill, which would imprison doctors who violate the waiting period for up to ten years, passed the same committee last year with the same vote.
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A bill to cut transportation and discretionary funds would largely offset the “External cost adjustment” districts are set to receive to buoy teacher salaries.
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The proposal would impose a 5 percent tax on hotel stays, generating an estimated $19 million per year mostly from out-of-state visitors.
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The “heartbeat bill” would effectively ban abortion in Wyoming. Another would mandate a waiting period for the procedure. The third is a pointless barb in the culture wars.