Policy

WyoFile delves into the deepest elements of Wyoming’s public policies, uncovering, exposing and explaining the often unseen forces that shape the state’s people, landscape, wildlife, economy and communities.

Energy coal severance tax

Bill would ease taxes on coal, increase taxes on oil & gas

February 4, 2014

Rep. Barlow says a $40M annual loss in coal severance tax collection is worth it to help maintain the $1.2B that coal contributes in overall …

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Wyoming lawmakers propose raises amid costly turnover

February 4, 2014

Lawmakers are proposing the first major Wyoming state employee pay raises since 2009, which may help reduce costly turnover.

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EPA requires more scrutiny of Wyo. gasification project

February 4, 2014

The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality did not allow for enough public input before giving an underground coal gasification project preliminary approval to pollute an …

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Wyoming Supreme Court declares Senate File 104 unconstitutional

January 28, 2014

The Wyoming Supreme Court has overturned Senate File 104, effectively restoring Superintendent Cindy Hill’s control over the Department of Education.

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CREG report projects slight decline in revenue for Wyoming

January 21, 2014

When the Wyoming legislature convenes in February, it will consider spending $3.3 billion in revenue that it hasn’t yet collected.

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Dick McGinity is new University of Wyoming President

January 16, 2014

The move drops the “interim” title from McGinity’s job as president, which he has held since the resignation of Robert Sternberg last November 15.

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Justices press government in Wyo. man’s challenge to Forest Service rail trail

January 15, 2014

The Supreme Court hears a Wyoming man’s challenge to the Forest Service’s construction of a bicycle trail across his property.

Environment

Yellowstone Decides Against Remote Brucellosis Vaccination Of Bison

January 14, 2014

The National Park Service has released a Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on a Brucellosis Remote Vaccination Program for Bison in Yellowstone.

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Wyoming lawmakers want better schools, teacher raises

January 14, 2014

In the 2014 session lawmakers won’t change direction on Wyoming school reform, though some critics wish they would. Here’s the state of the debate.

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Joint Labor Health committee passes Medicaid expansion bills

January 14, 2014

Two bills could expand Medicaid. Bill to sell Life Resource Center property in Lander rejected.

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Insuring more people may cut Wyoming’s high health costs

January 7, 2014

Experts say uninsured people push up health costs. Higher health costs drive insurance costs.

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Liz Cheney withdraws from U.S. Senate campaign

January 6, 2014

Liz Cheney quit the Wyoming Senate race against Sen. Mike Enzi on January 6 citing unspecified health issues with her children.

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Wyoming lawmakers unwrap capital construction budget

December 24, 2013

Gov. Mead recommends a $632 million construction and maintenance budget for government buildings and schools.

Featured Wyoming health care

Sen. Charles Scott unveils ‘Obamacare Relief’ bill

December 18, 2013

Limited health coverage would aid those too poor for insurance, or who can’t pay high premiums.

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Sportsmen to lawmakers: Invest in Wyoming Game and Fish Department

December 17, 2013

Diverse sporting groups hope to deliver a unified message to lawmakers, after year of drastic cuts.

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Mary Cheney stumps for gay marriage, ignores Liz’s campaign

December 13, 2013

At Indiana fundraiser, Mary Cheney takes a conservative, family-values approach to marriage equality

Energy Matt Mead speaks to ALEC convention

Gov Mead to ALEC crowd: States do it better than the federal gov’t

December 12, 2013

Gov Mead to ALEC crowd: States do it better than the federal government

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Gov. Mead leaves door open for Medicaid expansion on Wind River Indian Reservation

December 10, 2013

After announcing opposition to expansion, Mead views tribes’ bill as special case worth discussing

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WyoFile’s guide to participating in the 2014 Wyoming Legislature

December 10, 2013

Now is the time to get familiar with how to make your voice heard before and during the 2014 budget session of the Wyoming Legislature.

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FWS considering eagle take permit for massive Wyo. wind farm

December 6, 2013

Environmental impact statement to study wind farm effects on golden eagles, potentially leading to permit allowing harm or kill of eagles.