Wyoming lawmakers saved the pyrotechnics for the very last day of the 2021 legislative session, when House and Senate negotiators failed to compromise on the education funding bill.
Revenue-reducing measures typically outnumber state-income producers by a wide margin during a Wyoming legislative session, but the ratio is reversed this year.
Undertaken every five years, the ‘recalibration’ analysis and reconsideration of Wyoming’s complex public-education funding and expenditures model takes on special urgency and import in 2021.
Hit hard by the pandemic in 2020, economic indicators suggest a pleasant, and much needed, 2021 rebound for the state’s travel and tourism sector.
Wyoming’s mineral-dependent tax structure has long ensured that economic diversification produces a net loss for the state. The pandemic-inspired work-from-home movement is exacerbating the problem.