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 By Tom Coulter    News    May 20, 2021

Lawmakers discuss funding fix for emergency communications system

CHEYENNE — With money expected to run out by next summer for the state’s emergency communications system, known as WyoLink, lawmakers discussed potential ways to fund the radio system during a committee meeting Tuesday. First established in 2005,...

 
 By Tom Coulter    News    May 20, 2021

Barrasso encouraged after infrastructure bill meeting

CHEYENNE — U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., was among a handful of GOP senators who met at the White House on Thursday to discuss President Joe Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure proposal, and he was encouraged that the president could be...

 
 By Tom Coulter    News    May 13, 2021

Lawmakers review tax structure again

CHEYENNE — With Wyoming facing an annual funding shortfall worth roughly $300 million for its K-12 education system, lawmakers on the Joint Revenue Committee spent much of their meeting Monday reviewing how the state pays for its services, as well...

 
 By Tom Coulter    News    April 1, 2021

I-80 toll proposal tabled

CHEYENNE - A bill that would have authorized a long-term plan to set up an Interstate 80 tolling program was tabled by a legislative committee Tuesday, meaning the proposal will not be considered on...

 
 By Tom Coulter    News    March 25, 2021

Marijuana, fuel tax bills died Monday

CHEYENNE — With about a week and a half left in the Wyoming Legislature’s general session, a slew of bills addressing everything from marijuana to seat belt use failed due to them not being considered by Monday night, their swift deaths brought...

 
 By Tom Coulter    News    March 18, 2021

Budget proposals finalized

CHEYENNE — After two days without meeting due to the historic winter storm that hit southeast Wyoming last weekend, state lawmakers will return to the Capitol Wednesday with a divide between the House and Senate budget proposals that the bodies...

 
 By Tom Coulter    News    March 18, 2021

Marijuana bill gains committee approval

CHEYENNE — Wyoming is one of six states where marijuana remains fully illegal without any sort of decriminalization. But that could change in the near future, as state lawmakers advanced a bill Friday that would open the door for wide-ranging...

 
 By Tom Coulter    News    February 17, 2021

Restaurant, gym health orders relaxed

CHEYENNE — Citing a substantial decline in the number of active COVID-19 cases and virus-related hospitalizations in Wyoming, Gov. Mark Gordon announced further easing on the state’s public health orders Thursday, along with an extension of the...

 
 By Tom Coulter    News    February 10, 2021

Poll shows residents concerned about school funding, taxes

CHEYENNE – With lawmakers expected to weigh state budget cuts totaling tens of millions of dollars when they meet in Cheyenne next month, a poll of residents found that Wyomingites were most concerned over the possibility of cuts to the state’s...

 

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...

 

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