Our View: Cutting tourism spending is not a hot idea

Last week, Sen. Tom James (R-Rock Springs) attempted to convince the Senate to cut state funded tourism promotion claiming the promotion of Wyoming tourism would be better served by the private sector. This amendment would later be withdrawn by the senator as others quickly defended the importance of state-funded tourism promotion.

In an email to the Star, James said the cuts would save millions in taxpayer funding and called the state department of tourism a “black hole of taxpayer dollars,” believing the department to be a subsidy for the private sector.

“The private sector that do...

 

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