Elected officials serving in Cheyenne and D.C. react to the sudden closure of two Powder River Basin mines.
Coal companies are maneuvering in bankruptcy courts not to pay taxes, and state officials’ pattern of failing to help Campbell County collect makes it easy.
Corporate income tax would have helped fund public schools, but many state senators decided their own reelection campaigns were more important.
Lawmakers balanced the budget on the backs of the poor, yet again, by failing to fund an emergency food pantry measure and the Tax Refund for the Elderly and Disabled program.
Dems, rank-and-file lawmakers said programs for state’s vulnerable are casualties of budget war as senators called for rules change to amass more power