State Defends Payments

Cheyenne, Wy – An Associated Press investigation has found that the Wyoming Department of Family Services has funneled tens of
thousands of dollars to a grant program administered by a private religious corporation that has funded churches, ministries and religiously oriented anti-abortion centers. Family Services Director Rodger McDaniel says the state payments
to the company, Faith Initiatives of Wyoming, are entirely proper.

He says the state is buying social services, not religious services.
But some say the arrangement appears to violate the provision of
the state constitution that prohibits giving state money to religious institutions.