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Public policy shapes quality of life, and it tends to serve those who are most involved. From health, education and evolving social mores, WyoFile reports on what drives policy and examines what’s at stake.


Marijuana advocates deserve seat at legislative table

Wyoming legislators, including Interim Judiciary Committee chairman Leland Christensen (R-Alta), are forcing ill residents to needlessly suffer, rejecting credible revenue sources, and refusing to listen to opposing views about marijuana legalization.
The 22,245 acre Ferris Mountains Wilderness Study Area in Carbon County is currently managed as Wilderness by the BLM. Sen. Barrasso (R—Wyo.), who chairs an influential subcommittee on the topic, recently expressed concerns about designating new wilderness in the west. (Photo by Matthew Copeland)

Barrasso calls for ‘more balanced approach’ to transfers

Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests and Mining, expressed concerns about adding public land to the federal Wilderness system. "This is troubling to me," he said, adding, "it could have far-reaching impacts for the management of our forests and public lands."

The right job is hard to find in Wyoming

Reliable employment that’s capable of supporting a middle class family lifestyle is hard to come by in Wyoming, but wages are soaring for top earners in the public and private sectors.