Longtime Wyoming state senator John Schiffer passed away Wednesday at the age of 68. Schiffer, a Republican, had represented District 22 in Sheridan and Johnson counties since 1993. He was diagnosed with liver cancer last month.
State Treasurer Mark Gordon was Schiffer’s long-time friend and business partner. He says the state lost one its best advocates.
“Completely selfless, wanted to make sure the best thing for Wyoming would happen," Gordon says. "It didn’t matter if he got the credit.”
The federal government has told the state of Wyoming that it will deduct 53 million dollars from the state’s share of federal mineral royalties between now and July as part of the federal sequester. The government says it may remove more money at a later date.
Wyoming is guaranteed 50 percent of the revenues from mineral leasing on federal lands in the state and state officials believe that the money cannot be tampered with. State Treasurer Mark Gordon says the state is pursuing all avenues to get the money back.
State Treasurer Mark Gordon took over his new duties a few weeks ago, following the death of Joe Meyer. Gordon has an extensive background on issues involving finances to state lands. He tells us that Wyoming’s portfolio looks good.