An organization called Good Jobs First says Wyoming should play harder-to-get when businesses apply for state funding and tax incentives. Of the states requiring job-creation results from benefiting businesses, Good jobs first ranks Wyoming 49th. Dan Neal of the Equality State Policy center says Wyoming is being too loose with its purse strings without demanding a return in new jobs. He says while Wyoming looks at ways to diversify its economy through incentives…it is not unreasonable to require a certain number of good paying jobs to be created.
The University of Wyoming says reductions in staffing and student support are among the scenarios they are considering if the legislature decides to cut its budget this year.
U-W and other state agencies have been asked to explain what reductions of two, five and eight percent would mean to their budgets. At the high end, U-W President Tom Buchanan says the cuts would be severe. In the two percent scenario, Buchanan says reductions not connected to academics would be made. But he admits that will change if the cuts are more than that.
A legislative panel has signed off on a plan that could remove federal protections from gray wolves in Wyoming as early as next year. Sen. Bruce Burns says the Joint Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources Interim Committee approved the plan on Tuesday.
Burns says the panel was unanimous in recommending that the Legislature approve Wyoming's wolf-management plan when it convenes in February. Gov. Matt Mead and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar agreed this summer to classify wolves in most of Wyoming as predators that could be shot on sight.