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Wyoming House Adjourns Early, Kills Revenue Conversation

The Wyoming House of Representatives wrapped up week one of the ... a sales and use tax rate and changes to a real estate tax, among others. “The bottom of the list, the top of the list, the assumption was we were going to do that list today,” said ...

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Credit Tennessee Watson The Wyoming House of Representatives wrapped up week one of the 2018 Budget Session on Friday shortly before 3:30 p.m., which has some policymakers disappointed  The last day to introduce bills, the early adjournment meant there were over 15 bills that got the ax without even being discussedHouse Minority Leader Cathy Connolly said the House never got to discuss a tobacco tax, a sales and use tax rate and changes to a real estate tax, among others  “The bottom of the list, the top of the list, the assumption was we were going to do that list today,” said Connolly“And so what we didn’t do was all of the tax billsWe could have had a good discussion about our revenue streams and what to do about it and we chose not to.”   At a time when the state is facing shortfalls resulting from an over-reliance on energy industry revenues, Connolly said she’s disappointed Wyoming legislators will not be discussing revenue-raising bills this session     “We’re here to do the people’s workWe tend to get done Fridays around dinner time so people can go home if they want,” said Connolly“But this is the end of the first weekWe should be doing the people’s work no matter what time it isThat’s what we are here.”   Looking up at the clock and realizing it was only 3:30 p.m., Connolly said they could have done all the bills on the introduction list by 6 p.m  Tags: 2018 Legislative Sessionrevenuetaxeswyoming legislatureeducationTweetShareGoogle+EmailView the discussion thread Related Content Wyoming Leads The Nation To Bring Computer Science To K-12 Education By Tennessee Watson • Feb 16, 2018 Wyoming is poised to be the first state in the country to require its schools to offer computer science educationFriday, the State Senate passed a bill to add computer science to the basket of goods as a common core knowledge area  School Finance — Opaque Or Just Complex? By Tennessee Watson • Feb 16, 2018 Wyoming Department of Education In his State of the State address, Governor Matt Mead urged the legislature to find ways to stabilize education funding, which relies heavily on revenues from the energy industryBut attempts to diversify the tax base — to protect school finance from booms and busts — have gone nowhereLawmakers who oppose generating new revenue sources say school finance is too opaqueThey want more time to settle their uncertainty  Democrats Echo Mead, Cuts Went Too Deep By Maggie Mullen • Feb 13, 2018 Bob Beck In his State of the State message, Wyoming Governor Matt Mead said during the economic downturn some budget cuts went too deep, including those felt by the Department of Health and the Department of Family Services Laramie Representative Charles Pelkey, a Democrat, said he agrees Mead Argues For Diversifying The Economy And Stabilizing Education Funding By Bob Beck • Feb 13, 2018 Office of Governor Matt Mead In his final state of the state message, Wyoming Governor Matt Mead stressed the need to restore some budget cuts, work to diversify the economy, and look for long-term ways to fund education.  Mead says Wyoming did a good job cutting the budget to deal with a revenue shortfall, but now that the revenue picture has improved, he would like to see the legislature restore funding cuts for agencies such as the Departments of Health and

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