The 65th Wyoming Legislature convened yesterday with much talk about a coming fiscal “storm” but little anticipation that lawmakers will batten down the hatches this year.
Now the question becomes how far the Legislature should and will go to protect Wyoming against upheaval in its longtime king industries — oil, gas and coal.
A new legislative committee advanced several bills to protect county and state taxes from bankruptcies, safeguard the rights of Wyoming workers.
State lawmakers managed to pass a dime per gallon increase in 2014 but getting a 3-cents hike next year will be far from automatic.
The governor restated his interest in carbon capture days before a coal company reportedly laid off nearly 600 workers. A leading Dem clashed with his position.