Wyoming – One topic that hasn't come up this legislative session is severance taxes. These are the taxes Wyoming levies on companies that extract minerals like oil, gas, and coal. Samuel Western recently published an article in WyoFile arguing that Wyoming should raise its severance taxes. Addie Goss asked him to explain the changes he wants to see.
Wyoming – In April of 2004, a 19-year-old Wyoming native was killed in action in Iraq. Lance Corporal Chance Phelps had volunteered to man a machine gun in the last vehicle of a convoy traveling outside of Baghdad. The convoy came under fire. Chance stayed true to his post. He covered the rest of the convoy until he was fatally wounded.
Billings, MT – Montana wildlife officials are seeking public comment on a proposal to relocate several dozen Yellowstone National Park bison to an American Indian reservation in Wyoming.
The 41 bison would go to the Northern Arapahoe Tribe's Wind River Reservation in early April. The animals have been held in a quarantine facility north of Yellowstone for four years to make sure they are not carrying the livestock disease brucellosis, which causes pregnant cattle to abort their calves.
Cheyenne, WY – People who seriously hurt children could face up to 25 years in prison under a bill moving through the Legislature.
Yesterday the House recommended approval of the bill. It would create the new crime of aggravated child abuse, and set a penalty of up to 25 years in prison for anyone who intentionally or recklessly inflicts serious injury on a child.
Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming Senate is debating whether to keep an effort to create affordable housing in place. The program is intended to provide grant money to get homes built. The house added rental property into the mix this year. While some in the Senate continue to question the wisdom of having the program, Jackson Senator Grant Larson says it will serve a need into the future.