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.

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Surprising sources behind today’s economy

April 8, 2014

In Wyoming today, income from non-labor sources is more than twice the combined personal income from people working in the state’s staple industries.

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Minority leader wants open debate on Wyoming’s savings policy

April 1, 2014

Proponents of rethinking Wyoming’s savings strategy say the state may not be getting a good return on its $1.6 billion “rainy day” fund.

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Halliburton joins University of Wyoming’s list of energy donors

March 20, 2014

Officials say Halliburton’s $3 million gift underscores the close collaboration between the energy industry, state government, and the University of Wyoming.

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Community colleges cheer boost in enrollment-based funding

March 18, 2014

But in sober assessment of funding model, colleges say the short-term focus hobbles planning and innovation

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Legislature wraps budget, looks to interim and special session

March 11, 2014

In 19 days the Wyoming legislature approved a $3.5 billion budget and passed some 132 bills, while setting the stage for a special session.

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Wyoming spends $259M to halt decay of aging Capitol building

March 4, 2014

Lawmakers have approved $259 million to restore the Wyoming State Capitol and move offices into the adjacent Herschler Building.

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WyoFile joins Week 3 of Wyoming PBS Capitol Outlook

March 4, 2014

This week’s Capitol Outlook featured segments with WyoFile reporter Gregory Nickerson and columnist Kerry Drake.

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EPA: Climate regs won’t crimp North Dakota’s energy boom

March 4, 2014

EPA’s goal is to write a rule that reduces Earth-warming CO2 emissions without threatening energy reliability. The Obama administration wants its rule to avoid significant …

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WyoFile joins panel of journalists on Wyoming PBS Capitol Outlook

February 25, 2014

WyoFile government reporter Gregory Nickerson joined a Wyoming PBS panel featuring Bob Beck, Reed Eckhardt, and Geoff O’Gara.

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Wyoming legislature wraps up floor debate on budget

February 25, 2014

The Wyoming legislature has concluded the largest part of debate over the 2015-2016 budget. This week House and Senate will reconcile their versions.

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BLM advancing multi-state line on route that avoids most sensitive landscapes

February 25, 2014

Federal land managers are considering several alternative routes for the 412-mile Gateway West transmission line, originating in Wyoming.

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Planning for Wyoming’s future

Commentary by WyoFile February 18, 2014 February 18, 2014

What should we spend and what should we save? Responsible saving has served us well and we need to continue this practice going forward.

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Game and Fish license fee increase defeated

February 11, 2014

After a long era of regular hikes to Game and Fish license fees, Wyoming lawmakers have denied such requests, first in 2013 and now in …

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Wyoming budget keeps cuts, boosts salaries and local gov’t

February 11, 2014

The proposed $8.3 B Wyoming budget would increase spending on people, while contributing significant amounts to local governments and capital construction.

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Chief Justice Kite comments on overturning Senate File 104

February 10, 2014

Wyoming’s Chief Justice spoke to the legislature about the state Supreme Court’s recent decision that the “Cindy Hill Bill” is unconstitutional.

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State budget should be based on cash on hand

Commentary by Guest Column February 7, 2014 February 7, 2014

Rep. Eric Barlow (R-Gillette) says Wyoming’s budget should be based on cash available rather than forecasted revenues. The state also needs a fund for unforeseen …

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 …