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Robert J. Samuelson: America's future hinges on fearsome mega-trends

WASHINGTON — Just why is American politics so dysfunctional?

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New one-year federal budget deal left counties in the lurch

With 333,580 acres of federal land in Custer County, the U.S. government is a very large landowner, and quite possibly a major freeloader of local government services if Congress opts not to chip in this year.

January 23, 2014 4:00 amLoading…

Federal payment cuts could slam Wyoming counties

When county leaders in Wyoming look at the bipartisan federal budget proposal, there’s something they don’t see: millions of dollars owed them by the federal government.

December 16, 2013 8:00 amLoading…

Spending deal a good start, groups say

The two-year federal budget agreement announced this week — a deal approved the House and awaiting a Senate vote — contains both good news and bad news, three Billings advocacy groups said Thursday.

December 12, 2013 4:55 pmLoading…
Conservative group demands government spending cuts

Conservative group demands government spending cuts

With the government shutdown in the rearview mirror, Montana conservatives are petitioning their congressional delegation to balance the federal budget without raising taxes.

October 29, 2013 2:00 pmLoading…

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes could feel effects of government shutdown later in month

PABLO – Services available to its members through the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes won’t be impacted by the federal government shutdown – not this week, anyway, according to CSKT spokesman Rob McDonald.

October 03, 2013 9:37 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Baucus, Hatch change game for real tax reform

In the quarter century since Congress last reformed the Tax Code, back in 1986, it seems Washington has worked overtime to create the most inefficient and ineffective globally anti-competitive tax system humankind could dream up.

July 24, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Simpson, Bowles again show path to no-nonsense budget

It is time for both Republicans and Democrats in Washington to make a deal to fix the nation’s debt.

May 17, 2013 12:05 amLoading…

Western lawmakers push to restore mineral funds

CHEYENNE — A bipartisan group of western lawmakers is pushing legislation in Washington to restore cuts of $110 million in federal mineral royalty payments to 35 states.

May 14, 2013 7:20 pmLoading…
Milestone reached in Yellowstone snow plowing

Milestone reached in Yellowstone snow plowing

CHEYENNE — A public-private effort to plow roads in Yellowstone National Park and open up two of the park's entrances on time this spring despite federal budget cuts reached a milestone Wednesday with state and federal road crews meeting up on the park's East Entrance Road.

April 17, 2013 2:05 pm Related Loading…

Federal budget cuts hit Wyoming counties

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The tentacles of federal budget cuts triggered by sequestration extend to Wyoming's 23 counties.

March 29, 2013 10:30 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Once a critic of deficits, Obama now goes for broke

''You don't have to be a deficit hawk to be disturbed by the growing gap between revenues and expenses," said Sen. Barack Obama during a Nov. 3, 2005, debate on the Senate floor.

January 23, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Cokie and Steven V. Roberts: Romney fibs about balanced budget with no new taxes

''It's time to tell people the truth," Mitt Romney said in a radio interview last spring. "And so my campaign's about telling people we've got to cut back on our spending and finally live within our means or we could face economic calamity."

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Gazette opinion: Congress can steer U.S. around fiscal cliff

Gazette opinion: Congress can steer U.S. around fiscal cliff

Americans who want to know what the “fiscal cliff” means for themselves and their country will find answers in a 16-page report issued this week by the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.

July 18, 2012 12:10 am Related Loading…

Wyoming community colleges prepare for lean times

CASPER, Wyo. -- Staff reductions, leaving open positions unfilled, offering fewer sections of courses, less community outreach and reducing some student services are among the ways Wyoming's seven community colleges are contemplating dealing with possible budget cuts of 8 percent for the fis…

June 07, 2012 11:45 pmLoading…

Robert J. Samuelson: The budget outlook: déjà vu all over again

WASHINGTON — It isn’t getting much coverage, but the Congressional Budget Office has just issued its latest long-term budget outlook. Frankly, there’s not much news here. The long-term prospect is bleak. The basic question remains: How much will the costs of retiring baby boomers crowd other…

June 07, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Lummis, Enzi criticize Obama budget proposal

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Members of Wyoming's congressional delegation say President Barack Obama's budget proposal doesn't do enough to cut the nation's deficit.

February 13, 2012 1:43 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Ordinary citizens can agree on solving US deficit challenges

Within the space of just a few days, the national debt has topped $15 trillion — about $133,000 per taxpayer — and the congressional super committee failed in its effort to lower annual deficits and reduce the growth of the national debt.

November 26, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

George F. Will: Deficit will keep growing even with super panel plan

WASHINGTON — Born during what is mistakenly called the debt-ceiling “debacle” last summer, the supercommittee may die without sending Congress a 10-year $1.2 trillion (at least) deficit-reduction plan. This is not properly labeled a failure. Committee Democrats demanded more revenues; Republ…

November 17, 2011 12:05 amLoading…

Enzi proposes biennial federal budgets

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Sen. Mike Enzi has introduced legislation that would change how the federal government does its budget.

October 08, 2011 9:10 amLoading…

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