KEEP IT SIMPLE
Your testimony should be 3 – 5 min. and include three simple parts: Who you are, what you want, and why you want it.
Who you are
Briefly introduce yourself—your name, where you’re from, and a bit of information about you.
My name is Paul Paulson, I’m from Casper, Wyoming, and I’ve been a teacher in Natrona County schools for 15 years.
My name is Mary Marley, and I’m a bartender, student, and single mother from Laramie.
What you want
Briefly tell the Revenue Committee what you want from them, and the Legislature in general.
I want the Wyoming Legislature to raise taxes.
I’m here today to ask you to create new forms of revenue to make up for what we’re losing from the mining industries.
I want Wyoming to diversify its tax base by getting an income tax.
Why you want it
Finally, briefly share some of your own personal beliefs, observations, and experiences with the lawmakers to let them know why you want what you want. Speak from the heart. You don’t need to be a policy expert.
Strong public schools are critical to Wyoming’s ability to diversify our economy. We cannot harm our education system by making further cuts. So, we’re going to need to raise new revenues to fund our schools and educate our children.
Wyoming is already struggling to provide affordable healthcare to its residents. Further cuts to the Department of Health’s budget will continue to harm our communities. I would rather see new taxes than see my neighbors suffer because they can’t access healthcare.
Wyoming has depended on the mineral industries for a ‘free ride’ for the past 50 years, but now that free ride is over. It’s time for the Legislature to diversify our tax system and stop depending on fossil fuel mining to fund our state.