Rep. Timothy Hallinan's proposal would stop putting some mineral tax revenue into savings at a time when the state faces a financial crisis. But it would also perpetuate Wyoming's dependence on mining industries.

Lawmaker proposes to divert mineral tax revenues from savings accounts and use them to fund education instead

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Rep. Scott Clem (R-Gillette), one of many lawmakers who likes to pretend the Legislature hasn't already cut $55 million from Wyoming public schools. These cuts have resulted in 577 jobs eliminated and 44 of the state's 48 school districts cutting programs.

Fearing cuts, educators want to keep school funding model

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The future of our public schools lies largely in the hands of Wyoming State Senate President Eli Bebout (left) and Speaker of the House Steve Harshman (right), pictured here during the 2017 Legislative session. Bebout favors mindlessly slashing school funding, while Hashman appears to genuinely value education and want to fix our funding system.
Fourth graders in Upton, Wyoming, get some "Breakfast for Brains" in advance of standardized testing. Wyoming students who qualify for free or reduced lunch score better on these tests than in any other state.
Sen. Peterson attempts a heartfelt look as he describes how people are too cash-strapped with medical bills to support new revenues for education. Peterson voted against expanding Medicaid under the ACA, which would have provided health coverage for 20,000 uninsured Wyomingites and added $120 million annually to the state's coffers.

Sen. Ray Peterson pretends to care about poor people (when it fits his anti-tax agenda)

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"I don't believe that minerals are going to come back and save the day." —Sen. President Eli Bebout

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