Cheyenne – For years Wyoming officials have discussed the need to attract more young people to the state, or simply to keep those people from leaving. Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck reports that the issue remains on the minds of some legislators.
Cheyenne, WY – Two measures to reduce sales tax in Wyoming have died. One proposal would have gotten rid of the tax on food. The other would have lowered the state sales tax from four percent to three percent. Representative Ann Robinson sponsored the plan to get rid of the food tax. She says her bill died because the leadership of the House chose not to bring it up for a vote. Robinson says this makes her angry. Her thinking now is to try a referendum of the people to do the job Robinson says the legislature has not done in the several years she's proposed such a measure.
Cheyenne, WY – The concept an Executive Training Center and a Graduate school of business had its first hearing in the state House of Representatives Monday. The idea is to put the center in Teton County, because of the chance to raise private money for such a facility and because it's the most accessible site by air. The bill that would study the proposal got initial approval, despite some concerns by a Saratoga Representative. Kurt Bucholz thinks that sites other then Teton County should be considered.
Cheyenne, Wy – Both the House and Senate finished work on the budget Friday. Money for the state's family practice centers, a Medicaid program and a cultural trust fund dominated the final day of discussion. Senators agreed to a proposal by Senator Jayne Mockler to free up an additional 107-million dollars, that can be placed into the budget for additional spending. Overall Mockler thinks the budget still needs work because they spent too much and put too much money in savings accounts they can't access for real needs.
Cheyenne, Wy – The state of Wyoming argued for its plan to list wolves as predators through much of the state in a Cheyenne federal court Friday. The state sued the federal government over the rejection of the Wyoming plan to manage wolves after their removal from the Endangered Species list.
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming was hit with an onslaught of flu cases recently. State Health Officer, Doctor Brent Sherard, says that as of last week, 185 cases of influenza have been confirmed in Wyoming 94 of those cases -- more than half - were reported in the previous week. And there could be more. Sherard says the official numbers are often lower than the actual infection rate.
Cheyenne, Wy – An effort to ban the use of hand-held mobile phones while driving has failed again. The sponsor Democratic Representative Floyd Esquibel is claiming a victory of sorts -- he got one more vote this year. Esquibel says the addition of cameras and Internet functions make cell phones more distracting than ever. The cell phone industry says drivers commonly engage in many other activities that are more distracting than phones, including eating, adjusting the radio, and taking in the scenery.
Cheyenne, Wy – In the Wyoming Senate a committee recommended Torrington as the site for a new medium-security prison. Torrington has the support of the Corrections Department, the House of Representatives and now this Senate committee. Many officials from the city and county in Eastern Wyoming spoke in favor of the plan, but there are opponents to the idea from Goshen County. At the same time officials from Rawlins and Riverton are questioning the objectivity of the site selection process.