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Lawmakers considering diverting savings

CHEYENNE – Facing deficits in a fast-approaching legislative budget session, Wyoming lawmakers are looking at diverting money that would have otherwise gone to savings to pay for services. For Rep. Mike Madden, R-Buffalo, identifying such diversions is part of a four-pronged approach to addressing the state’s budgetary woes. “We’ve got to look at diverting away Read More…

Poll: Wyoming voters prefer budget cuts to tax increases — but it’s complicated

Wyoming voters prefer spending reductions over tax increases to balance the state’s budget and are open to cutting administrative education spending, according to a poll released Tuesday by the Wyoming Business Alliance. The survey also showed that voters were opposed to increasing “sales and property taxes” in order to balance the state budget by a Read More…

McKim resigns from Wyoming legislature

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (KGWN) – Representative Robert McKim of Afton has resigned from the Wyoming Legislature because of health reasons. McKim was chairman of the House Agriculture, State and Public Lands and Water Resources Committee. He served about eight years in the House. House Speaker Steve Harshman announced Wednesday that Rep. Hans Hunt of Newcastle will Read More…

Erik Prince, Blackwater Founder, Weighs Primary Challenge to Wyoming Republican

WASHINGTON — Erik Prince, the founder of the security contractor Blackwater, is seriously considering a Republican primary challenge for a Senate seat in Wyoming, potentially adding a high-profile contender to a fledgling drive to oust establishment lawmakers with insurgents in the mold of President Trump. Mr. Prince appears increasingly likely to challenge John Barrasso, a Read More…

Wyoming lawmakers to consider infrastructure loan, economic development bills

CASPER – Wyoming lawmakers plan to consider two bills that would help communities pay for infrastructure improvements and make an economic development program more efficient. The Wyoming Legislature Joint Minerals, Business and Economic Development Interim Committee tasked its Legislative Service Office with drafting two bills during its meeting in Casper on Thursday that lawmakers will Read More…

Local governments to ask Wyoming lawmakers for ways to raise taxes, close loopholes

Local municipal leaders need authority to generate revenue and more sources of dependable funding, according to Rick Kaysen, the executive director for the Wyoming Association of Municipalities. Wyoming is one of the few states that does not give cities or counties independent taxing authority, meaning municipalities are largely reliant on appropriations from the Legislature to Read More…

Wyo. Senate committee narrows scope of pot bill

A Senate committee on Wednesday tightened a bill that deals with penalties for possession of marijuana-infused products. House Bill 197 originally created a tiered penalty system for possession of small amounts of marijuana or marijuana-infused products. The penalty system applied to possession of marijuana in plant form of less than 3 ounces and marijuana-infused products Read More…

Wyoming budget committee to be named today

State lawmakers are continuing to work on Wyoming’s supplemental budget bill, and a committee is expected to be appointed today to iron out the differences in the House and Senate versions of the budget.   The House passed its version of the budget Monday, and the Senate passed its version Friday. From Wyoming Business Report

Looking ahead for the Legislature

The 2017 legislative session kicks off at noon in Cheyenne and area lawmakers revealed their goals for this year, with all three looking at tackling the thorny issue of the state’s budget. “There are a lot of budget challenges to face and one of the biggest ones of course is to meet our constitutional obligations Read More…

Barrasso announces staff for the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works

U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), has announced staff hires for the committee’s majority side for the 115th Congress. Staff members are: Richard M. Russell will serve as staff director. He previously served as Republican staff director for the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. Read More…

Barrasso retains Senate GOP post

Wyoming U.S. Sen. John Barrasso has been re-elected to serve as chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee. The Republican says the committee plans to move quickly and to work closely with the new administration of President-elect Donald Trump. Barrasso says policy areas that will be high on the list for the new Congress include Read More…

Former Microsoft Exec Doug Burgum Wins North Dakota Governor’s Race

Doug Burgum, a former Microsoft executive and lifelong resident of North Dakota is now that state’s governor-elect. Burgum, a Republican, defeated a lightly funded Democrat, Marvin Nelson, and Libertarian Marty Riske by a wide margin, according to local news reports. Born into a farming family in Arthur, Burgum attended North Dakota State University then Stanford Read More…

Election outlook in North Dakota

Sunday night’s presidential debate was fueled by the crude Access Hollywood tape released Friday afternoon. That vulgar tape is hurting the GOP nominee. In a new NBC News Wall Street Journal National Poll taken just before the debate, Clinton’s lead widened to 11 points, 46 to Trump’s 35 percent. Republican leaders held a conference call Read More…

Businessman’s contribution for Measure 3 dwarfs opponents’ fundraising

More than $2 million from a California billionaire has been dropped into a North Dakota ballot measure aimed at elevating crime victims’ rights to the constitutional level. Only $10,000 has been raised by opponents to Marsy’s Law. The Marsy’s Law for North Dakota committee’s pre-general election finance report filed Friday though the Secretary of State’s Read More…

Cheney earns endorsement of Wyoming Mining Association

The Wyoming Mining Association endorsed Republican Liz Cheney for the state’s lone U.S. House seat, the trade organization announced Monday. “The WMA believes Liz Cheney understands the critical issues and challenges facing Wyoming’s mining industry, and that she is the candidate best prepared to be our most effective advocate in Congress,” Jonathan Downing, the association’s Read More…

Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault arrested at Dakota Access Pipeline protest

Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault was arrested Friday afternoon at a protest rally where the Dakota Access Pipeline is headed toward the Missouri River just north of the reservation boundary. Archambault was booked into the Morton County Jail and released on bond late afternoon. He was charged with disorderly conduct for pushing back on Read More…