Matt Laslo http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en July 11th, 2014 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/july-11th-2014 <p><strong><a href="http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/federal-highway-money-remains-risk" target="_blank">Federal Highway Money Remains At Risk</a></strong></p><p>The federal pot of money that’s supposed to keep local roads and bridges intact may soon be empty, yet lawmakers on Capitol Hill are miles apart from each other. It remains unclear if they’ll be able to bridge the gulf. Matt Laslo reports from Washington on how the Wyoming delegation is weighing in on the debate that’s sucking the air out of Washington this summer.</p> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 00:50:42 +0000 Aaron Schrank, Bob Beck, Matt Laslo, Melodie Edwards, Micah Schweizer, Miles Bryan & Stephanie Joyce 61214 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org July 11th, 2014 Federal Highway Money Remains At Risk http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/federal-highway-money-remains-risk <p>The federal pot of money that’s supposed to keep local roads and bridges intact may soon be empty, yet lawmakers on Capitol Hill are miles apart from each other. It remains unclear if they’ll be able to bridge the gulf. Matt Laslo reports from Washington on how the Wyoming delegation is weighing in on the debate that’s sucking the air out of Washington this summer.</p> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 00:41:14 +0000 Matt Laslo 61213 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Federal Highway Money Remains At Risk Wyoming Coal Versus The Courts http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-coal-versus-courts <p>This week’s Supreme Court ruling on the EPA and its ability to regulate carbon is a mixed bag for Wyoming officials and energy producers. It sets the stakes even higher for Republicans in the state who are determined to derail a pending EPA rule on climate change. &nbsp;</p><p>Like most all things here in Washington these days, the recent Supreme Court ruling in favor of the EPA is being read along party lines. But Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi says it’s not just partisanship. He says your opinion also hinges on where you’re reading.</p> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 00:05:21 +0000 Matt Laslo 60530 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Coal Versus The Courts June 6th, 2014 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/june-6th-2014 <p><strong><a href="http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/democrats-try-improve-their-legislative-numbers" target="_blank">Democrats Try To Improve Their Legislative Numbers&nbsp; </a></strong></p><p>Wyoming Democrats have been in the legislative minority for a long time, but it’s been really tough lately.&nbsp; Only eight of the 60 Wyoming Representatives are Democrats and only four reside in the Senate.&nbsp; While the party has hopes of grabbing a few more seats this year, there are not enough candidates to make serious gains.&nbsp; The problem started back in 1991.</p> Sat, 07 Jun 2014 00:15:02 +0000 Aaron Schrank, Bob Beck, Matt Laslo, Micah Schweizer, Stephanie Joyce & Willow Belden 59484 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org June 6th, 2014 Wyoming's Congressional Delegation Believes New EPA Rules Will Devastate The Economy http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyomings-congressional-delegation-believes-new-epa-rules-will-devastate-economy <p>This week the EPA unveiled a new rule to drastically cut carbon emissions from the nation's power plants. While Wyoming Republicans say it will devastate the economy, Matt Laslo reports from Washington that some experts say their outdated thinking has set the state back in the new energy economy.&nbsp;</p><p>The White House isn't waiting around for this Congress to help it tackle climate change. The new EPA rule will require Wyoming to slash it's carbon emissions by 19 percent. Wyoming Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis says the state's energy producers are worried.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 23:38:36 +0000 Matt Laslo 59477 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming's Congressional Delegation Believes New EPA Rules Will Devastate The Economy May 16th, 2014 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/may-16th-2014 <p><strong><a href="http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyo-lawmakers-reject-new-climate-change-report" target="_blank">Wyo. Lawmakers Reject New Climate Change Report&nbsp; </a></strong></p><p>The White House is painting a dire picture for every region in the nation - including here at home - if action isn’t taken to combat climate change. But Matt Laslo reports from Washington that Wyoming’s Republican senators still aren’t buying it.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 23:27:11 +0000 Bob Beck, Dan Boyce, Jordan Giese , Matt Laslo, Micah Schweizer, Stephanie Joyce & Irina Zhorov 58426 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org May 16th, 2014 Wyo. Lawmakers Reject New Climate Change Report http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyo-lawmakers-reject-new-climate-change-report <p>The White House is painting a dire picture for every region in the nation - including here at home - if action isn’t taken to combat climate change. But Matt Laslo reports from Washington that Wyoming’s Republican senators still aren’t buying it.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 23:14:06 +0000 Matt Laslo 58425 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyo. Lawmakers Reject New Climate Change Report May 2nd, 2014 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/may-2nd-2014 <p><strong><a href="http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/report-suggests-problems-exist-northern-arapaho-department-family-services" target="_blank">Report Suggests That Problems Exist At The Northern Arapaho Department Of Family Services</a></strong></p> Fri, 02 May 2014 22:44:43 +0000 Bob Beck, Irina Zhorov, Matt Laslo, Melodie Edwards, Stephanie Joyce & Willow Belden 57753 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org May 2nd, 2014 Barrasso and GOP May Derail Bipartisan Energy Bill http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/barrasso-and-gop-may-derail-bipartisan-energy-bill <p>Next week the U-S Senate is expected to have a debate on a bipartisan bill aimed at increasing energy efficiency in the U-S, but it could get derailed by an oil pipeline in the Midwest. Matt Laslo has the story from Washington on Wyoming Senator John Barrasso's role in the ongoing debate.</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 22:03:47 +0000 Matt Laslo 57748 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Barrasso and GOP May Derail Bipartisan Energy Bill Barrasso Wants To Use Wyo. Gas As Weapon Against Russia http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/barrasso-wants-use-wyo-gas-weapon-against-russia <p>Lawmakers in Washington are debating whether to export more natural gas to combat Russian threats to cut off its gas supplies to Europe. Our D-C reporter &nbsp;Matt Laslo has a look at what that could mean for Wyoming’s economy – and environment.</p> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 20:25:06 +0000 Matt Laslo 56056 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Barrasso Wants To Use Wyo. Gas As Weapon Against Russia March 7th, 2014 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/march-7th-2014 <p><a href="http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/lawmakers-reflect-2014-legislative-session" target="_blank"><strong>Lawmakers Reflect On The 2014 Legislative Session</strong></a></p> Sat, 08 Mar 2014 00:13:08 +0000 Bob Beck, Erin Jones, Irina Zhorov, Matt Laslo, Micah Schweizer & Willow Belden 55020 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org March 7th, 2014 Wyo. Delegation Says Obama’s Budget Bad for State http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyo-delegation-says-obama-s-budget-bad-state <p>This week President Barack Obama unveiled his budget, which the Wyoming congressional delegation says would cripple the state's economy. Matt Laslo has the details from Washington.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 23:46:31 +0000 Matt Laslo 55016 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyo. Delegation Says Obama’s Budget Bad for State Sen. Barrasso's Timber Bill Unpopular With Environmentalists And Foresters http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/sen-barrassos-timber-bill-unpopular-environmentalists-and-foresters <p>Wyoming Republican John Barrasso is leading a fight in the U.S. Senate to change regulations on timber harvesting in national forests. Matt Laslo reports from Washington that environmentalists and foresters are suspicious of his idea.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 21:15:19 +0000 Matt Laslo 54593 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Sen. Barrasso's Timber Bill Unpopular With Environmentalists And Foresters Barrasso Gets Pushback On His Timber Proposal http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/barrasso-gets-pushback-his-timber-proposal <p>Wyoming Republican Senator John Barrasso received pushback from the chief of the U.S. Forest Service on his bill to expand timber harvesting on federal lands.&nbsp;</p><p>Barrasso’s legislation would greatly expand the Forest Service’s timber program throughout western states. The senator says it would create jobs and provide a new funding stream for schools in rural areas. Environmentalists accuse Barrasso of trying to gut environmental laws. At a hearing on the bill Thomas Tidwell, the Chief of the U.S. Forest Service, told Barrasso he’s wary of how the bill undoes regulations. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 00:17:28 +0000 Matt Laslo 53666 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Barrasso Gets Pushback On His Timber Proposal Wyoming Senators Unimpressed With Obama's Plans http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-senators-unimpressed-obamas-plans <p>Wyoming Republicans aren’t too happy with the vision President Obama laid out in his State of the Union address.&nbsp; The President laid out an ambitious agenda. He wants to invest to increase the minimum wage, spur investments in infrastructure, and continue taking steps to address climate change.</p><p>Democrats are cheering on that agenda while Republicans are bristling because the president says he’ll use executive orders whenever possible to bypass G-O-P opposition. Senator John Barrasso says the president missed an opportunity to reach across the aisle.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 21:29:24 +0000 Matt Laslo 53268 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Senators Unimpressed With Obama's Plans January 24th, 2014 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/january-24th-2014 <p><strong><a href="http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/potential-gas-price-increase-if-oil-ban-lifted" target="_blank">Potential for Gas Price Increase If Oil Ban Lifted</a></strong></p><p>For forty years the U-S has banned the export of most all crude oil. Matt Laslo reports a new debate is raging in Washington over whether to end the ban.</p><p><strong><a href="http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/sage-grouse-concerns-prompt-changes-reclamation-regs" target="_blank">Sage Grouse Concerns Prompt Changes In Reclamation Regs</a></strong></p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 23:56:58 +0000 Bob Beck, Irina Zhorov, Matt Laslo, Rebecca Huntington & Willow Belden 53061 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org January 24th, 2014 Potential for Gas Price Increase If Oil Ban Lifted http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/potential-gas-price-increase-if-oil-ban-lifted <p>For forty years the U-S has banned the export of most all crude oil. Matt Laslo reports a new debate is raging in Washington over whether to end the ban.</p><p>MATT LASLO: The U-S banned crude oil exports after the Arab oil embargo of 1973. It’s been in place since, which has negatively impacted global oil prices. Wyoming Republican Senator John Barrasso says he’s ready to lift the ban.</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 23:46:41 +0000 Matt Laslo 53060 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Potential for Gas Price Increase If Oil Ban Lifted Enzi returns focus to policy, after Cheney quits http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/enzi-returns-focus-policy-after-cheney-quits <p>Wyoming Republican Mike Enzi says he can focus more on his work in the U.S. Senate now that Liz Cheney has dropped her primary challenge.</p><p></p><p>Cheney’s primary challenge to the state’s senior senator surprised many in both Wyoming and Washington: especially Enzi. He accused her of lying to him about her intention to challenge him, an accusation she denies. Now that Cheney is out of the race – citing family health issues –Enzi says he hopes there will not be any lingering hard feelings between the two.</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 00:02:21 +0000 Matt Laslo 52327 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Enzi returns focus to policy, after Cheney quits WY lawmakers concerned that budget agreement reduces money for mineral development http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wy-lawmakers-concerned-budget-agreement-reduces-money-mineral-development <p>Wyoming lawmakers are concerned with a provision in the bipartisan budget agreement that would cost the state money for mineral development.</p><p>Wyoming stands to lose around twenty million dollars annually from the budget deal that overwhelmingly passed the House. It includes a provision that makes permanent a law that charges states like Wyoming for costs associated with their mineral leases. The state hasn’t received that money since 2008, but Republican Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis and other officials thought that was just temporary.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 14:48:00 +0000 Matt Laslo 51357 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org WY lawmakers concerned that budget agreement reduces money for mineral development Barrasso calls filibuster rule change a distraction http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/barrasso-calls-filibuster-rule-change-distraction <p>Today the U-S Senate approved historic changes to its filibuster rule over the objection from Wyoming’s two Republican senators.</p><p>You know those regulations Wyoming Republicans are always complaining about? Well a lot of them have to pass through the little known but powerful D-C Circuit Court.</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 23:57:39 +0000 Matt Laslo 50258 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Barrasso calls filibuster rule change a distraction November 15th, 2013 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/november-15th-2013 <p><a href="http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/uw-board-trustees-president-talks-about-dr-sternberg-s-resignation"><strong>UW Board of Trustees President talks about Dr. Sternberg’s resignation </strong></a></p><p>The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees announced UW President Bob Sternberg’s resignation on Thursday. The Trustees spent Thursday and Friday in meetings, but President of the Board David Bostrom sat down to talk with Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov about what comes next. Bostrom says the Trustees didn’t try to convince Dr. Sternberg to stay.</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 23:16:49 +0000 Bob Beck, Irina Zhorov, Matt Laslo, Micah Schweizer, Rebecca Martinez, Stephanie Joyce & Willow Belden 50000 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org November 15th, 2013 The Budget Committee Sen. Enzi Disdains http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/budget-committee-sen-enzi-disdains <p>Wyoming’s senior Republican Senator Mike Enzi is on a special budget conference committee that he says has already become a moot point. Matt Laslo reports from Washington on why he’s given up on the group before its really gotten to work.</p><p>MATT LASLO: Senator Mike Enzi, along with seventeen Senate Republicans, voted against the final deal to reopen the federal government and avoid a potential default on the nation’s debt.</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 22:40:05 +0000 Matt Laslo 49993 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org The Budget Committee Sen. Enzi Disdains Wyoming Congressional delegation divided over debt deal http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-congressional-delegation-divided-over-debt-deal <p>The Wyoming congressional delegation split its votes on the measure to open the government and avoid a potential default.</p><p></p><p>Wyoming&rsquo;s senior senator Mike Enzi was one of just eighteen senators to oppose the compromise. In a statement he called the&nbsp;deal &quot;yet another promise to work on the problem tomorrow.&quot;</p><p>But Senator John Barrasso says the good in the bill outweighed the bad.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 13:05:04 +0000 Matt Laslo 48503 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Congressional delegation divided over debt deal Lummis supports temporary debt ceiling extension http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/lummis-supports-temporary-debt-ceiling-extension <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p>As the deadline to raise the nation&rsquo;s debt ceiling nears, Wyoming Republican Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis says she&rsquo;s willing to raise it with no strings attached.</p> Sat, 12 Oct 2013 00:18:00 +0000 Matt Laslo 48280 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Lummis supports temporary debt ceiling extension Sen. Enzi helped Sen. Ted Cruz block Senate discussion of Affordable Care Act http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/sen-enzi-helped-sen-ted-cruz-block-senate-discussion-affordable-care-act <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wyoming Republican Senator Mike Enzi helped Texas Senator Ted Cruz hold up the Senate floor for 21 hours as they discussed defunding the Affordable Care Act.</span></p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 01:05:13 +0000 Matt Laslo 47484 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Sen. Enzi helped Sen. Ted Cruz block Senate discussion of Affordable Care Act September 20th, 2013 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/september-20th-2013 <p><strong><a href="http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/natural-gas-producers-are-concerned-about-future">Natural Gas producers are concerned about the future </a></strong></p><p>More than 500 industry people gathered in Jackson this week for the 17<sup>th</sup> Annual Wyoming Oil and Gas Fair. Wyoming Public Radio’s energy and natural resources reporter, Stephanie Joyce was there, and she joins us now to talk about the event.</p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 22:49:14 +0000 Bob Beck, Chelsea Biondolillo, Irina Zhorov, Matt Laslo, Rebecca Martinez, Stephanie Joyce & Willow Belden 47260 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org September 20th, 2013 Debate over de-listing Wyoming Grizzly bears continues http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/debate-over-de-listing-wyoming-grizzly-bears-continues <p>The U-S Fish and Wildlife Service wants Grizzly Bears taken off the Endangered Species list, but the agency's effort has been blunted by the courts. Matt Laslo reports from Washington on the battle over Wyoming's Grizzlies.&nbsp;</p><p>MATT LASLO: In 1975 government officials worried the west could one day be grizzly-less. Using the Endangered Species Act the government became a great protector of the Bears that play a vital role in the region's ecosystem. But by 2007 the federal government recorded a massive rebound in the population, so they delisted Grizzly Bears.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 22:23:48 +0000 Matt Laslo 47253 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Debate over de-listing Wyoming Grizzly bears continues September 13th, 2013 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/september-13th-2013 <p><a href="http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/developmental-disability-waiver-changes-cause-concern"><strong>Developmental Disability waiver changes cause concern</strong></a></p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 23:03:19 +0000 Bob Beck, Matt Laslo, Rebecca Huntington, Rebecca Martinez & Willow Belden 46903 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org September 13th, 2013 Wyoming lawmakers oppose military strike against Syria http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-lawmakers-oppose-military-strike-against-syria <p>President Obama's call to postpone a vote on a military strike in Syria is being lauded by Wyoming lawmakers. Matt Laslo reports from Washington that while the administration is leaving a military option on the table as it pursues diplomacy, officials can’t expect much support from the Wyoming delegation.</p><p>MATT LASLO: Only a handful of lawmakers in the U.S. Senate have gone on record over authorizing military force in Syria. One of them is Wyoming Republican John Barrasso.</p><p>JOHN BARRASSO: “Mr. Barrasso?” “No.”</p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 22:37:26 +0000 Matt Laslo 46896 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming lawmakers oppose military strike against Syria August 9th, 2013 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/august-9th-2013 <p><a href="http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/new-uw-president-wants-take-holistic-approach-admissions"><strong>New UW President wants to take a holistic approach to admissions </strong></a></p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 21:42:16 +0000 Bob Beck, Irina Zhorov, Matt Laslo, Rebecca Martinez & Willow Belden 45141 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org August 9th, 2013