Economist, budget maven and longtime Rep. Mike Madden lays bare the Gordian Knot of intertwined fiscal challenges facing Wyoming.
A new legislative panel convened to insulate Wyo from firm collapses has an important mandate and a trove of hard-won lessons available to it.
The session gets the attention, but the Legislature relies on the interim — the 48 or 50 weeks between sessions — to get the job done.
Most agree that Wyoming must expand and diversify its economy. So why do we struggle with laying the less politically palatable groundwork?
Two-year budgeting made a lot of sense in the pioneer days but the volatility of modern revenues, and the reliance on supplemental budgets beg the question.