There are plenty of well-meaning people in Wyoming trying to make sure their neighbors have roofs over their heads. But the state has neglected to fund or develop infrastructure to ensure everyone is effectively working together.
Pretty much all of Better Wyoming's articles are collaborative efforts between its two staff members, Nate Martin and Kerry Drake. We don't individually byline articles because, more often than not, we've both worked on them.
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Over the next several weeks, Better Wyoming will publish a series of articles, “State of Insecurity,” that examines shortcomings in the ways Wyoming deals with homelessness, hunger, and low wages. This is the series introduction.
New proposals would reform parole sentencing and increase substance abuse treatment in Wyoming.
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Why won’t Wyoming reform its cannabis laws? Ask a cop lobbyist.
Strong majorities of Wyomingites believe that medical marijuana should be legal and that penalties for possessing small amounts of the drug should not include jail...
Wyoming’s lack of an income tax means the rich get a free ride.
Computer scientist Kathryn Lenth was happy to make Casper home, until she and her partner, Kristen, realized Wyoming might not be the best place for LGBT people to live. Now Kathryn is training the tech workforce of tomorrow … in Utah.
Powerful police lobbyists have convinced the Wyoming State Legislature to ignore citizens’ wishes and refuse to reform the state’s draconian marijuana laws. Now, they’ve taken their crusade public.
The State School Facilities Commission has one job: to make sure Wyoming students have good schools. But the commission has inserted itself into the debate over education budget cuts—and it’s hard to believe the commissioners came up with the idea on their own.
The decision to close the University of Wyoming’s Biodiversity Institute will hurt the school’s fundraising and community engagement efforts—not to mention scientific learning on campus and throughout the state.
EXIT INTERVIEWS is a new series profiling talented people who are leaving Wyoming as a result of boneheaded policy decisions. This episode features a (former) UW professor and his wife, a (former) pillar of the Laramie arts community.
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UW Board moves to grant itself unchecked power over reshaping the university during financial crisis
UPDATE (MAY 2): Better Wyoming has learned that this morning, one day after the publication of this article, the Board of Trustees removed the problematic...
The Cuts So Far (Part 7): Public schools – No more pencils, no more books, no more teachers
Over the past two years, the Wyoming State Legislature has cut hundreds of millions of dollars from state agencies and public services in response to...
Rep. David Miller knows a state income tax would largely solve Wyoming’s revenue problems. But he’d rather shackle the state even more securely to boom-and-bust mining industries.