Casper, Wy – Once again, a couple of attempts at creating a statewide tax for community colleges have failed. The Joint Education committee voted down two proposals including one that would have taxed the 16 counties who do not have community colleges. Opponents called that taxation without representation because those counties would not be represented on local college boards.
Cheyenne, Wy – The Wyoming Business Council approved nearly four and a half million dollars in business ready community grants Thursday. Lusk will get over a million dollars for a business park and Laramie will get over a million dollars for Trihydro Corp. Among the requests denied was a one point five million dollar grant for Eastern Wyoming College. The funding must still be approved by the State Loan and Investment board in January.
Jackson, Wy – Wyoming lawmakers are considering a new way to address substance abuse in the state. A proposed bill would set up a new substance abuse prevention account and in order to get money into the fund lawmakers are being asked to increase the current tax on beer. Beer is current taxed two cents a gallon and the proposal would be to increase that by another four and a half cents. Jackson Representative Keith Gingery is chairing the committee that is considering the proposal.
Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming Business Council has revised rules for a new state program to encourage the construction of infrastructure for housing developments.
The goal of the program is to encourage more affordable housing statewide.
The Legislature approved $1 million for the program last winter. But the Legislature's Management Council, made up of legislative leaders, rejected the rules that the Business Council adopted for the program in July.
Laramie, WY – One Wyoming organization says employers trying ot fill workforce gaps should look to a group they do not normally consider: single mothers.
CLIMB Wyoming's Jessica Barrett Speer says 60% of Wyoming families living in poverty are headed by single mothers...and that's something the organization wants to change through training programs in mining and healthcare.
Laramie, WY – The US Attorney's office in Cheyenne says it's business as usual despite six months without an appointed leader.
Matt Mead stepped down as Wyoming's top federal prosecutor in June to make an unsuccessful bid for the state's vacant US Senate seat. John Green took over as acting US Attorney and now the office is still waiting to see who the White House will appoint as a permanent replacement. A spokesman for Wyoming's US Attorney, John Powell, says he doesn't know when the appointment will be made.