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House speaker: Education department, schools superintendent not top priorities this session

CHEYENNE — Beginning Monday, the Wyoming Legislature needs to focus on the proposed state budget and delay attention on the legal status of a 2013 law that stripped state Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill of many of her duties, legislative leaders say.

February 09, 2014 12:00 pmLoading…
Hill accuses Wyoming state senator of $4 million conflict of interest

Hill accuses Wyoming state senator of $4 million conflict of interest

CASPER, Wyo. — State Sen. Phil Nicholas says his efforts to secure a $4 million appropriation for the Snow Range Academy to buy a new building aren't a conflict of interest, even though the charter school is a client of his law firm.

July 22, 2013 8:01 amLoading…

Seepage damages Rawlins prison South facility, state Corrections Dept. chief says

CHEYENNE — The state's South facility at the Wyoming State Penitentiary in Rawlins has structural problems caused by seepage that will cost the state $3.5 million for a permanent fix.

July 18, 2013 11:45 pmLoading…

Retiring dean says relatively low faculty salaries endanger UW

The University of Wyoming is in danger of sinking into mediocrity unless it continues to attract and retain the best faculty available, the retiring dean of the College of Arts and Sciences warned Saturday.

May 13, 2013 11:45 pmLoading…
Wyoming lawmakers reload over failed gun bills

Wyoming lawmakers reload over failed gun bills

CASPER, Wyo. -- The Wyoming Legislature has adjourned for the year, but the bullets continue to fly.

March 18, 2013 11:45 pm Related Loading…
While Washington squirms under cuts, Wyoming saves

While Washington squirms under cuts, Wyoming saves

CHEYENNE — While Washington squirmed this week over the impending federal government spending cuts, Wyoming lawmakers in Cheyenne — some 1,500 miles west — went about business as usual, wrapping up a legislative session that saw them vote to continue salting away hundreds of millions in the …

March 01, 2013 4:16 pm Related Loading…
Wyoming Senate approves lottery bill on 1st reading

Wyoming Senate approves lottery bill on 1st reading

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Wyoming Senate voted 17-12 Wednesday to advance a bill to allow a Wyoming lottery and multistate games such as the Powerball.

February 20, 2013 2:03 pm Related Loading…
Wyoming Legislature passes budget compromise

Wyoming Legislature passes budget compromise

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Both Houses of the Wyoming Legislature have voted to approve the supplemental budget bill.

February 15, 2013 7:58 am Related Loading…
Wyoming budget would rein in UW operations

Wyoming budget would rein in UW operations

CHEYENNE — The budget bill pending in the Wyoming Legislature would require University of Wyoming trustees to propose new policies requiring more oversight on a range of campus issues, including installation of permanent art work, hiring of faculty and the possible razing of historic buildings.

February 13, 2013 6:42 pm Related Loading…
Wyoming lawmakers review Mead's budget proposal

Wyoming lawmakers review Mead's budget proposal

CHEYENNE — Wyoming lawmakers wrapped up their first week of hearings on Gov. Matt Mead's proposed budget Friday, setting the stage for debate on his call for fundamental changes in state fiscal policies when the Legislature convenes next month.

December 14, 2012 7:34 pm Related Loading…
Employees facing Wyoming Retirement System contribution increase

Employees facing Wyoming Retirement System contribution increase

CHEYENNE — Employees covered by the Wyoming Retirement System are facing a 2 percent increase in their retirement contribution next year.

December 13, 2012 11:45 pmLoading…

University of Wyoming president makes case for faculty, employee raises

CHEYENNE -- University of Wyoming President Tom Buchanan made his case for a 3 percent pay raise for faculty and employees Tuesday afternoon before the state Legislature's Joint Appropriations Committee.

December 11, 2012 11:30 pmLoading…
Budget chairman concerned about Medicaid costs

Budget chairman concerned about Medicaid costs

CHEYENNE — A top Wyoming lawmaker says he believes the state should opt out of expanding its Medicaid program, a key component of the federal Affordable Care Act.

November 08, 2012 6:35 pm Related Loading…
Wyoming legislators debate diverting mineral taxes

Wyoming legislators debate diverting mineral taxes

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming House Minority Leader Patrick Goggles was back to work less than 24 hours after his re-election, sponsoring a bill aimed at diverting a portion of the Permanent Mineral Trust Fund to fill gaps set in place by Gov. Matt Mead's planned 8 percent budget cuts.

November 07, 2012 11:45 pm Related Loading…

Gun rights advocate forces recount in SD6

CHEYENNE -- One of the more surprising developments in Tuesday's Republican primary election was the tight race between veteran Sen. Wayne Johnson of Cheyenne and his challenger, Anthony Bouchard.

August 21, 2012 11:11 pmLoading…

State investment income increases

CASPER, Wyo. — The state's income from investments surpassed projections by $246.5 million for the 2012 fiscal year, according to a report issued Friday by the state treasurer's office.

August 18, 2012 11:35 pmLoading…
Hill calls legislators 'good ol' boys'

Hill calls legislators 'good ol' boys'

CASPER, Wyo. — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill characterized two state legislative leaders as "good ol' boys" working to increase bureaucracy in the Wyoming Education Department and questioned information one cited from the nonpartisan Legislative Service Office.

July 17, 2012 11:30 pmLoading…

Wyoming delegation says China coal forum worth the trip

By this time next week, a handful of Wyomingites including Gov. Matt Mead and his family will be on the other side of the world in China.

May 26, 2012 11:45 pmLoading…

Rosie Berger seeks sixth Wyoming House term

CASPER, Wyo. -- State Rep. Rosie Berger, a Sheridan Republican who co-chairs the powerful Joint Appropriations Committee, announced Thursday that she'll seek a sixth term in office.

May 10, 2012 11:30 pmLoading…

UW economist challenges incumbent state senator

CASPER, Wyo. — Anne Alexander had been thinking about seeking an elected political office for some time.

April 11, 2012 11:45 pmLoading…

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