HELPFUL TIPS FOR WRITING YOUR LOCAL WYOMING STATE SENATOR

IMPORTANT:

  • You’ll write your message in the text box on Step 2, where it says “Personalize your message.”
  • Your message will go to your local state senator.
  • Don’t click the “Send message” button until you write your message.
  • REMEMBER TO DELETE THE TEXT THAT SAYS “[DELTE THIS TEXT AND INSERT YOUR MESSAGE HERE]”

YOUR MESSAGE SHOULD HAVE THREE SHORT PARTS:

 

1. Say who you are.

This message is going to your local state senator, who is responsible for representing you. Make sure to tell them that you’re a voter in their district.

My name is ____. I live in _____ and I’m a voter in your district.

2. Say what you want.

I’m writing today to ask you to vote “yes” on the proposed lodging tax.

3. Say why you want it.

[This is where you can add a sentence or two about why this is important to you.]

PRO TIPS

Keep it brief: Lawmakers are very busy, especially during the legislative session. If you write them a novel, they’re not going to read it.

Change the message subject: This will make your email look less like spam.

Include your cell number: Lawmakers’ email messages are public record. They are often very careful about what they write. If you include your cell phone number and ask them to respond, you might get a call back (though not during the Legislative session).

TALKING POINTS

Maybe mention a few of these things in your message. Check out this article for more information.

– The Wyoming Legislature needs to figure out new, stable revenues to fund public services and infrasturcture. We cannot count on the coal industry to come back.

– The lodging tax targets out-of-state vistors, sparing most Wyoming residents any increased tax burden at all.

– Most of Wyoming’s neighbors invest far more in their tourism industries than Wyoming. This is a way to help develop our industry beyond Yellowstone.

– Most taxes that target specific industries face opposition from those industries. The Wyoming Restaurant and Lodging Association supports this tax because it’s good for business.

Tell lawmakers:

WYOMING’S TOURISM INDUSTRY BACKS THE LODGING TAX. YOU SHOULD, TOO.