Nick Naylor, the fictional tobacco lobbyist from the movie "Thank You For Smoking," which examines the American culture of political spin that was on full display in Thermopolis. None of the lobbyists in Wyoming, however, were nearly as handsome or dashing as Aaron Eckhart, who plays Naylor.
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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Mike Moser (L) and Buck McVeigh (R) are full of excuses about Wyoming shouldn't move away from its dependence on minerals

Revenue Committee members clap back at no-taxes-ever corporate lobbyists

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The proposal would raise the tax cost on a $100,000 house by just $11 a month.

Revenue Committee to consider property tax bill to fund schools and reduce tax burden on low-income homeowners

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Raising cigarette taxes is a popular, commonsense way to raise revenues, save money, and improve Wyoming's health

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Peterson, Curley, and who pays if Wyoming moves away from minerals

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Sen. Ray Peterson issues a monologue about the doomsday effects of funding public schools.

Fearful of proposing new revenues, State Senator uses fake math to argue for education cuts

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“We’re about as low on staff as we can possibly get and still keep the town running.” —Dayton, Wyoming, mayor Norm Anderson

Amidst education funding crisis, Wyoming cities remind Legislature that they’re broke, too

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A legislative committee has agreed to draft a bill that would…
A tourism tax would help pay for ads like these in national publications.

Wyoming travel industry wants a new tourism tax so it can invest in and pay for itself

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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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Nick Naylor, the fictional tobacco lobbyist from the movie "Thank You For Smoking," which examines the American culture of political spin that was on full display in Thermopolis. None of the lobbyists in Wyoming, however, were nearly as handsome or dashing as Aaron Eckhart, who plays Naylor.

Smoke ’em if ya got ’em: Tobacco lobbyists bamboozle legislators and score a victory for their industry

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