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 By Nick Reynolds    News    September 19, 2019 

Bill would raise smoking age to 21

PINEDALE — State lawmakers overwhelmingly voted Wednesday to advance a bill raising Wyoming’s minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21 years. The legislation – which passed the Joint Committee on Revenue by a 10-3 margin – was one of a... Full story

 
 By Nick Reynolds    News    September 19, 2019 

Corporate income tax legislation moving forward

PINEDALE – Preparing to vote on legislation that would enact a corporate income tax in Wyoming, the Joint Committee on Revenue on Thursday found itself missing two members and with two choices to make. There was the option to advance an imperfect... Full story

 

Crossover voting, voter ID bills killed

CASPER — Lawmakers on Monday defeated two controversial bills that would have had significant implications on Wyoming’s elections. The bills — one to eliminate the practice of crossover voting in primary elections, another to combat voter... Full story

 

Legislators form committee to look at coal bankruptcies

CASPER — Wyoming lawmakers voted last week to create a committee specifically focused on addressing the negative effects of a rash of coal bankruptcies across the state over the past several months. Members of the Wyoming Legislature’s... Full story

 
 By Nick Reynolds    News    August 8, 2019

Red tape delays hemp planting

CASPER — This winter, lawmakers voted to allow hemp in Wyoming, hoping the crop will become a boon for the state’s agricultural industry. But farmers will have to wait at least one more growing season before they can plant hemp in Wyoming soil.... Full story

 

Indigenous Persons Task Force starts work

CASPER — Gov. Mark Gordon’s task force to address the high rates of missing and murdered Indigenous people met for the first time Wednesday in Cheyenne. The meeting, which followed a panel on the topic Tuesday in Riverton, marked the Wyoming stat... Full story

 
 By Nick Reynolds    News    July 18, 2019

Legislators maintain spending reform can fix state budget

CASPER — Two years after one of the largest drawdowns in spending in state history, Wyoming’s lawmakers are once again prepping to tighten the belt. Operating under its smallest budget in nearly two decades for 2019-20, Wyoming has quickly had to... Full story

 
 By Nick Reynolds    News    July 4, 2019

New laws take effect

CASPER — The first week of July is often a slow one in state government, shortened by a federal holiday and marked by a light legislative schedule. However, the first week of July also means something else in Wyoming – the time many of the laws... Full story

 
 By Nick Reynolds    News    July 4, 2019

Leaked poll shows Cheney ahead of Lummis in Senate race

CASPER — A new poll leaked to a conservative media outlet shows Rep. Liz Cheney leading former Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis by more than 20 points in a hypothetical head-to-head primary matchup for outgoing Sen. Mike Enzi’s seat, though neither w... Full story

 
 By Nick Reynolds    News    June 27, 2019

Changes possible for Hot Springs State Park

GILLETTE — After years in legislative limbo, Hot Springs State Park could be set for some changes. At Thursday’s meeting of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Transportation, Recreation and Cultural Resources, officials with the Department... Full story

 
 By Nick Reynolds    News    June 20, 2019

Wyoming wage gap narrows

CASPER — Last week in Cheyenne, Gov. Mark Gordon signed a proclamation declaring June 10 as “Equal Pay Day” in Wyoming, underscoring one of the largest gender pay gaps in the nation. At the time of signing the proclamation, however, Wyoming... Full story

 
 By Nick Reynolds    News    June 13, 2019

Laramie Democrat will run for U.S. Senate

CASPER - The race to fill outgoing Sen. Mike Enzi's seat has its first declared candidate. Activist and community organizer Yana Ludwig, a Democrat, will be announcing her candidacy for the party's no... Full story

 
 By Nick Reynolds    News    May 2, 2019

Revenue Committee looks at reviving some tax bills

CASPER — With limited options left on the table, the Wyoming Legislature’s Joint Revenue Committee will be reviving a number of failed money-raising bills from the 2019 general session, including an ill-fated corporate income tax bill. At its... Full story

 
 By Nick Reynolds    News    April 11, 2019

Utah-based carrier selected for state air service plan

CASPER — A state-appointed group tasked with finding sustainable air service for Wyoming’s far flung communities took a significant step in the process last week, announcing the state had entered into negotiations with a Utah-based airline to... Full story

 
 By Nick Reynolds    News    March 28, 2019

Wyoming incomes ninth highest in nation

CASPER — Wyoming ended 2018 with the ninth-highest per capita income in the nation. However, while incomes in Wyoming grew 4.5 percent over the previous year thanks to a resurgence in several of its extractive industries, overall income growth in... Full story

 
 By Nick Reynolds    News    March 28, 2019

Nebraska floods could affect Wyoming ag

CASPER — Nearly two weeks after one of the most powerful winter storms of the decade hit the Northern Rockies and Midwest, Wyoming has largely moved past March’s record-setting snows and settled into the rhythm of spring. In the fields, young... Full story

 

Lobbyists, conservatives oppose corporate income tax

CHEYENNE — In the past five weeks, the Wyoming Legislature has examined a property tax, a tax on wind energy, and taxes on hotel rooms, cigarettes and vape products. None of those taxes, however, have attracted the attention or scrutiny that House...

 
 By Nick Reynolds    News    January 8, 2019

Wyoming legislature gears up for general session

CASPER — Over the next 40 days, members of the Wyoming Legislature will consider between 400 and 500 bills.  Some of those bills will have been talked about, poked and prodded for months, originating in committees comprised of seasoned lawmakers...

 
 By Nick Reynolds    News    November 2, 2018

Fremont County voting incident raises questions

CASPER — A Democratic organizer from the Wind River Reservation said she and other activists faced difficulties in their efforts to vote early in Fremont County, prompting allegations of voter suppression seen on reservations in other areas of the...

 
 By Nick Reynolds    News    October 26, 2018

State revenue exceeds expectations; provides cautious optimism

CASPER — Wyoming’s revenues greatly exceeded earlier projections made by the state’s Consensus Revenue Estimating Group, according to new numbers released Wednesday morning. Though the new infusion of funds to the state’s general fund was...

 
 By Nick Reynolds    News    October 20, 2018

More than 12,500 switch parties 

CASPER — More than 12,500 Wyoming voters changed their party affiliation this summer, new numbers from the Wyoming Secretary of State’s office show. The long-awaited data, which covered a period between July 6 and Sept. 20, addresses the question...

 
 By Nick Reynolds    News    October 17, 2018

Wyoming beef producers look overseas

CASPER — Goods and commodities from Wyoming go places most of us never even imagined: tractor bodies and railroad fixtures to counties like Brazil or Japan, plaster boards to Chile or Indonesia. One of Wyoming’s signature sectors – the beef...

 
 By Nick Reynolds    News    October 9, 2018

Wyoming has nation's highest difference in pay between sexes

CASPER — In 2017, Wyoming made headlines for all the wrong reasons. “Bad news, Wyoming women,” began the January 2017 article in Forbes. “Your state has the worst gender pay gap out of all 50.”  The story, to anyone who’d been in...

 

Numbers show crossover voting had little impact on race

CASPER — Allegations Republican candidate for governor Mark Gordon won his primary because of Democrats voting in the GOP contest are statistically unfounded, new voter registration numbers from the Wyoming Secretary of State’s office show. In th...

 

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