WPR News
1:55 pm
Wed December 17, 2003

Three Officials Worried About Imbalance in Power

Cheyenne, Wy – Three of Wyoming's five top elected officials say there is an imbalance in power among them. Auditor Max Maxfield, Treasurer Cynthia Lummis and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Trent Blankenship say they are supposed to be equal. But, Maxfield says right now other officials can trump their work. He says the governor is one of them. Maxfield says this is because the governor names the directors of the offices the five officials oversee, so they're more beholden to him.
The group of three wants the legislature to change the law to create more balance. They are all Republicans but say this is not a partisan issue.
The governor, a Democrat, says he does not know what is wrong and says the system is working well enough.