Laramie, Wy – The state could soon shell out almost one billion dollars a year for education. The legislature is reworking the school funding model with a consultant. The recommendations from the consultant would cost 142 million dollars more than what the state pays now. The Senate Chair of the Education committee, Hank Coe, says this includes more money for teacher salaries, but the exact raises would be up to local districts.
Topic: Study by an economist for the state of Wyoming that looked into oil and gas production and the relationship between prices and employment in Wyoming; Guest: Sherry Win, author and Tom Calliger, Manager of research planning of the State Department of Employment.
Topic: Heat and eat bill; Guest: State Representative Ann Robinson.
Laramie, Wy – The Department of Health is using some new cost containment measures to save around six million dollars in the state Medicaid program. But the Director of the Department of Health says the Federal Government has had more to do with rising Medicaid costs in the state. Doctor Brent Sherard says Wyoming has had its federal matching money severely cut and it means that the state has to make up more of the difference. Sherard adds that Wyoming has a bare bones Medicaid program which means that cutting services is not really an option.
Laramie, Wy – University of Wyoming president Tom Buchanan says he will apply to take over the position permanently. Buchanan is just serving a one year term now after the last president left for a job in North Carolina. U-W's vice president for academic affairs, Myron Allen, said to the Associated Press Buchanan told senior staff he planned to apply for the presidency.
Laramie, Wy – The U-S House passed a bill to delay mandatory meat labeling for two years. Wyoming's Congressional delegation supported the country of origin labeling. It was supposed to start in 2004, but Congress delayed the program until 2006 two years ago. Under the legislation passed today, it would be delayed again until 2008. The Senate appears to be on track to pass the same legislation.
Cheyenne, Wy – Wyoming could have more than 20 (T) trillion cubic feet of natural gas reserves. But the Wyoming Pipeline Authority says the state only has enough pipeline capacity to get a small fraction of that to market every year. That's why Wyoming officials are backing a project to designate more right-of-way corridors for energy transmission on federal land in eleven Western states. Governor Freudenthal's energy advisor, Rob Hurliss, says Wyoming needs those corridors. And it's not just gas that needs more
Washington D-C – Former Wyoming Department of Revenue Director Johnnie Burton has been given a promotion in the Interior Department. Burton has been promoted from chief of the Minerals Management Service to acting assistant secretary of Interior for land and minerals management. Her new job puts her in charge of the Bureau of Land Management, the Minerals Management Service and the Office of Surface Mining. Burton was recommended for the job by Senator Craig Thomas.
Laramie, Wy – The Mountain Cement Company in Laramie has agreed to put a filter on one of its kilns as part of a lawsuit settlement with environmental groups. The cement company, the Sierra Club and the Biodiversity Conservation Alliance presented a settlement on Wednesday to Federal Judge Clarence A. Brimmer. A trial had started Monday in Brimmer's court over the environmental groups' claims that one of the cement company's kilns violated air quality regulations. The company maintains that its operations have not been in
Laramie, Wy – Former Wyoming Senator Alan Simpson is concerned about how the push from the right seems to be impacting the Republican Party. Simpson says pushes from the left hurt Democrats in the 80's and he thinks the G-O-P should beware. He was disturbed about some of the criticism that former Supreme Court Nominee Harriet Miers had to face. "Republicans never do well when they give their own people the saliva test" said Simpson.
Washington D-C – U-S Senator Craig Thomas says fees are not appropriate for most Bureau of Land Management lands and Forest service land. During a hearing on last years passage of the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act Thomas said that while Park Service fees are useful he thinks other fees can go too far. Thomas thinks charging someone extra to go fishing in the Big Horns or to ride around on the Sand Dunes in Southwest Wyoming is wrong. Thomas says fees on other federal lands should only be charged for legitimate enhanced services.