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.
The K-12 education and capital construction budgets are, along with Medicaid expansion, the final big-ticket items for the Legislature to resolve. Net metering, two-man crews and racist real estate covenants also considered.
As the state faces a fiscal crisis, Gov. Gordon called on lawmakers to prioritize needs over wants. The two legislative chambers have very different concepts of what those are.
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.
If legislators don’t pass a sales tax increase, education will face a $250 million shortfall and the state will lose inevitable expensive court battles.