Wyoming's Permanent Mineral Trust Fund contains roughly $7 billion. It continues to fill even fuller as lawmakers try to slash hundreds of millions of dollars from public education funding.
Smoke 'em while they're cheap!

House advances bill to increase Wyoming's tobacco taxes

Supporters said that higher tobacco taxes discourage kids from starting to smoke, and that non-smokers end up paying for smokers' healthcare costs.
The Wyoming State Legislature's Oil King

Senate Committee chaired by Eli Bebout advances an oil tax break that would benefit Eli Bebout

Spoiler alert: The bill is also co-sponsored by Eli Bebout. Who says a Wyoming State Legislator can't get a little something for himself?
Bonnie, a grocery store clerk in Douglas, pays a far higher tax rate than any Jackson billionaire
Rep. David Miller knows the solution to Wyoming's revenue problem. But he'd rather not pay for anything himself.

Miller: The solution is a state income tax (but...)

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.
Mining provides the lion's share of Wyoming's tax revenue. But even the deepest budget cuts in more than a decade aren't enough to keep up with the busts.

Wyoming’s budget is the smallest it has been in 15 years. We still need new revenues.

The deepest cuts in more than a decade couldn't fix Wyoming's "structural deficit." When will lawmakers realize more cuts aren't the answer?
Senate President Eli Bebout watches as his proposed tax break for oil and gas companies goes up in flames.

House Revenue Committee kills oil and gas tax break

The proposal was sponsored by Eli Bebout, who's the president of both the Wyoming State Senate and Nucor Oil and Gas, LLC.

Senate passes oil and gas tax break while Wyoming faces a budget crisis

The Senate's cuts to education are apparently their way of paying for tax breaks for oil and gas companies.
Sen. President Eli Bebout on site for his oil and gas company, Nucor, LLC.

Senate panel can’t move fast enough to give oil industry a tax break

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The tax break would benefit oil company CEOs like the bill's co-sponsor, Senate President Eli Bebout.

Lawmakers bury tax reform chances, while the need for tax reform remains very alive

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No bill to raise revenues survived the first week of the 2018 Legislative session. This means Wyoming will continue to suckle at the teat of the mineral industry, and lawmakers will have no tools to balance the budget other than further cuts.
Wyoming's Permanent Mineral Trust Fund contains roughly $7 billion. It continues to fill even fuller as lawmakers try to slash hundreds of millions of dollars from public education funding.

How to cut Wyoming’s education budget shortfall in half without raising taxes or drawing money from savings

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Wyoming lawmakers who want to cut public education talk like…