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 By Tom Coulter    Opinion    January 20, 2021 

Wyoming GOP condemns Cheney

CHEYENNE – The Wyoming Republican Party issued a statement highlighting an outpouring of opposition from its members in response to U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., voting to impeach President Donald Trump on Wednesday for his role in the U.S....

 
 By Tom Coulter    News    January 13, 2021

Cheyenne area Health Department vandalized

CHEYENNE — The exterior doors of the Cheyenne-Laramie County Health Department were vandalized with fake blood early Thursday morning, a few days after a protest was held at the Wyoming State Capitol against public health orders issued in response...

 
 By Tom Coulter    News    December 23, 2020

Committee supports tobacco tax hike

CHEYENNE – State lawmakers, during a meeting Friday, narrowly advanced a measure to increase excise taxes on cigarettes and moist tobacco snuff, marking one of the only revenue-raising measures to be advanced by a legislative committee during...

 
 By Tom Coulter    News    December 23, 2020

Mill levy increase plan for schools rejected

CHEYENNE — With Wyoming facing a structural revenue deficit worth hundreds of millions of dollars in its K-12 education fund, state lawmakers narrowly rejected a proposal to raise mill levies on properties to supplement education funding during a...

 
 By Tom Coulter    News    November 18, 2020

Bill would repeal tax break for wind energy

CHEYENNE - Despite opposition from some officials in Laramie County and elsewhere in the state, Wyoming lawmakers narrowly advanced a bill Wednesday that would make wind energy producers pay more in...

 
 By Tom Coulter    News    November 11, 2020

Buildings decontaminated after state employees test for COVID

CHEYENNE – At least 40 state employees have tested positive for COVID-19 during the past week, as the number of active virus cases in Wyoming continued its steady rise to new record highs. The positive tests resulted in portions of seven state-run...

 
 By Tom Coulter    News    October 14, 2020

Forests, indigenous issues debated

CHEYENNE – With only a few weeks remaining until Election Day, the candidates vying to be Wyoming’s sole delegate in the U.S. House of Representatives discussed their visions for a country hampered by the COVID-19 pandemic during a debate...

 
 By Tom Coulter    News    September 23, 2020

Masks protested at Capitol

CHEYENNE – Roughly 30 Wyomingites gathered on the grounds of the state Capitol at noon Thursday to protest against the requirements for children to wear masks in school. The protestors came from across the state to demonstrate against school...

 
 By Tom Coulter    News    August 26, 2020

Mayors push lawmakers to consider tax options amid budget crisis

CHEYENNE – With Wyoming facing a projected $1.5 billion revenue shortfall over the next two years, a few mayors from across the state asked lawmakers Monday to start seriously considering new taxation options. In response to the budget crisis ...

 
 By Tom Coulter    News    June 3, 2020

HollyFrontier announces plan to lay off employees

CHEYENNE— HollyFrontier Corporation announced Monday that it will be laying off about 200 employees at its Cheyenne refinery over the next 18 months. The layoffs will come as part of the company’s plan to convert its Cheyenne oil refinery into...

 
 By Tom Coulter    News    May 27, 2020

2nd special session discussed

CHEYENNE – After holding its first special session since 2004 last week, the Wyoming Legislature likely won’t have to wait another 16 years for its next one. State lawmakers are expected to reconvene sometime in late June for a second, longer...

 
 By Tom Coulter    News    April 8, 2020

State land deal still alive

CHEYENNE – A lot has changed since Gov. Mark Gordon announced earlier this year that the state was exploring a deal to buy roughly a million acres of land in southern Wyoming from Occidental Petroleum Corporation. Yet while the coronavirus has...

 
 By Tom Coulter    News    March 18, 2020

Land deal bill wins legislative approval

CHEYENNE - It remains to be seen whether the state will decide to buy roughly 1 million surface acres and 4 million mineral acres in southern Wyoming, but the process is now in place for the state to begin exploring such a purchase. On the final day...

 
 By Tom Coulter    News    March 11, 2020

Oil plunge raises economic questions

CHEYENNE — Oil prices worldwide suffered a major hit over the weekend, reaching a four-year low in the United States, and the rapid changes in the global economy could have major implications for Wyoming. U.S. oil prices were down by as much as...

 
 By Tom Coulter    News    March 4, 2020

Lodging tax bill sent to governor's desk

CHEYENNE - A 5% lodging sales tax proposal won final approval from the Senate on Friday afternoon, marking passage of the only tax measure aimed at putting a small dent in the roughly $200 million revenue deficit facing the state in the next few...

 

State eyes land purchase

CHEYENNE — In what could be a historic step for Wyoming, Gov. Mark Gordon and several top lawmakers announced Monday the state will explore the possibility of buying a million acres of land owned by Occidental Petroleum Corporation in southern...

 
 By Tom Coulter    News    February 12, 2020

Gov. outlines "window of opportunity" in address

CHEYENNE – Gov. Mark Gordon gave his second State of the State address Monday morning, offering proposals to protect Wyoming’s energy industries and emphasizing the state’s need to find long-term ways to fund its education system. Gordon’s...

 
 By Tom Coulter    News    December 4, 2019

Community college funding holds steady in governor's budget proposal

CHEYENNE — In terms of funding, the last decade has been a tough one for Wyoming’s community colleges. Since the 2011-12 biennium, community colleges have lost $53.8 million in funding when adjusting for inflation, according to a report...

 

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