House Revenue Committee Chairman Mike Madden defends a bill from his committee on the House Floor on Jan. 20. He proposes the state look at moderate tax hikes to offset Wyoming’s energy revenue decline. (Andrew Graham/WyoFile)

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  1. Wyoming spends 7th among states on education but ranks 19th on reading. The issue is not money but wise use of money. Lincoln #2 has great teachers but we just completed a new admin building. The legislature is smart trying to trim off admin fat.

  2. Can somewhere out there inform me and Wyoming taxpayers about education spending in the somewhat recent past? How much did tearing down old? shools benefit the academic success of our children? Paying the UW president to resign, how did this benefit the success of UW academia?

    Parallel this: All houses older than the oldest school….. tear it down and fund rebuilding it with tax dollar. Fiscal Insanity.

    If you feel good about EVER having your mortgage paid off, be delinquent on your taxes and SEE who really owns you house.

    Excellent reporting.

    David Nelsen Sheridan Wyo. That is spelled with an e.

  3. Wow, we’re facing funding issues in Missouri for Higher education but our k-12 schools are nowhere as bad as as Wyoming, I’m so glad I didn’t have to leave our grandchildren their in Wyoming as your schools will suffer and so will your children. As much as I hate taxes in Missouri I don’t mind our property taxes one bit to pay for our children’s education. The people of Wyoming need to bite the bullet and start paying for their children’s education, as even with Trump easing EPA rulings Wyoming will never have the mining and gas revenues it had in the past. Your legislators need to get their heads out of their YKW and fix the problem

  4. Thank you, Mr. Graham, for your excellent reporting on this complex issue. It would be great if everyone in Wyoming could read this article, with its clear and detailed explanations — we will be forwarding it. This kind of reporting gives citizens the tools we need to stay informed and engaged!

    I also would add to this —

    “Those ideas died after a series of lobbyists testified that taxes would make each industry less likely to do business in the state.” —

    that poor schools and badly educated people would also make most industries less likely to sustain business in the state!!

    Susan Lasher & Chris Pfister