Jackson, WY – Newly hired Jackson Police Chief Dan Zivkovich does not expect to make many changes when he takes over his post later this month. He says he likes the current direction of the Jackson Police Department. Zivkovich is the former Director of the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy, and served as a Highway Patrol trooper for many years. He thinks his transition into community policing will go well, but he admits Jackson presents unique challenges. Zivkovich begins his new job November 14th.
Laramie, Wy – An attorney for the state is calling for the dismissal of the lawsuit over education funding in Wyoming. The trial started last Monday. And Special Assistant Attorney General Mike O'Donnell filed the motion to dismiss this Thursday. School districts and the Wyoming Education Association filed this lawsuit. They claim the existing funding system is unconstitutional. The Wyoming Education Association says the motion to dismiss is not valid because the new system won't address several issues involved in the case.
Cheyenne, Wy – Supporters of a plan to provide scholarship money to Wyoming graduates want the legislature to allocate 400 million dollars this session. That way students can get money next fall. Senator Tex Boggs says this would encourage the students to do better in the classroom. He says the legislature's appropriations committee is already looking at a major price tag for education so it will be interesting to see if the committee and the legislature decide to fully fund the project.
Cheyenne, Wy – The state legislature has nearly three point six billion dollars to spend or save over the next two years. The appropriations committee heard that while funding for education requires a dramatic increase this year...they should have plenty of money to handle the hike. Senator John Hines of Gillette remarks it is a much different world then when they used to have to figure out how to fund basic programs. Lander Senator Cale Case says the one thing he worries about is the eventual costs for health care.
Laramie, Wy – The new head of education in Wyoming is already growing tired of litigation from the local school districts. Doctor Jim McBride says he hopes that at some point the judges will say enough is enough and put an end to the lawsuits. He says what people may not know is that districts are spending money meant for education on attorneys. He says this is a genuine annoyance. McBride says as a leader he knows it is impossible to make everyone happy. To end the litigation he says there needs to be a change from the grassroots all the way to the top of the system.
Cheyenne, Wy – A recent attorney general's opinion says money added to the Wyoming Permanent Mineral Trust Fund could be removed. Interest from the fund is used to help pay for government. Legislators have been adding millions of extra dollars to the fund to increase the payout. To protect that money the Joint Appropriations Committee voted to change the constitution. House Appropriations Chairman Frank Philp says money in the P-M-T-F should not be touched. Senator Jayne Mockler of Cheyenne is not so sure.