Laramie, Wy – The National Taxpayers Union is opposing Wyoming's effort to streamline its sales tax. Wyoming is one of several states working to simplify its tax code. A major reason to do this is to collect Internet taxes. Estimates are that Wyoming loses tens of millions of dollars a year because it can't collect sales tax from internet purchases.
Laramie, Wy – Eight University of Wyoming students have received the go-ahead to invest up to a million dollars of the state's money. Although the students first floated the idea to the State Loan and Investment Board last year, it wasn't until last week that final details were hammered out and permission was granted. The students are finance majors studying under professor Walt Werner.
Lararmie, Wy – Sixty-seven people will lose their jobs when a Casper closes. The American LaFrance fire truck and emergency vehicle plant is set to shut down in July. This news wasn't a complete surprise to employees -- the company laid off 20 employees last month. The plant began as Becker Fire Equipment Company in the mid-1980s. American LaFrance bought half of the company in 1999.
Gillette, Wy – Campbell County plans to ask the state for 250-thousand dollars to design an addition to the overcrowded county jail. The jail was built for 128 inmates. But it has set several crowding records recently, including 170 people over the weekend. Sheriff Bill Pownall says he expects the jail population to increase by about 20 percent per year as the population of northeast Wyoming continues to grow. In the meantime, the jail has had to rely on temporary beds and by putting inmates in the infirmary.