Every two years school district officials across Wyoming anxiously watch the state Legislature as it debates education funding. This is that year.
In a state Legislature budget session like the one that starts Monday, almost anything can be a bargaining chip. One thing that has been a political football in the past, however, looks like it’s a done deal.
In a dramatic bit of parliamentary maneuvering, the Wyoming Senate suspended its rules Wednesday at the direction of its leadership to introduce four alternative budget bills. The lategame shift, they say, is designed to fund essential state operations if the overall budget bill fails.
Though the Joint Revenue Committee failed to submit a proposal for a 1 percent statewide leisure and hospitality tax Tuesday, just hours before the deadline for submitting draft bills the Management Council put forth a tax bill of its own.
Evoking the memory of some of Wyoming’s first governors, Gov. Matt Mead stressed the historical importance of diversifying the state’s economy during his eighth and final State of the State address Monday morning.