An initial rejection of funding by the governor’s office and the death of a “sin tax” raise fears funding woes will kill Wyoming’s criminal justice reform before it’s begun.
Wyoming’s tax revenue collection has fallen farther than any state in the union except Alaska since the 2008 recession.
As the reality of coal revenue’s irreversible retreat sets in, discussions of how to otherwise fund state government grow more prominent, somber and difficult.
A constitutional amendment from 1973 that has long forestalled income taxes ironically makes HB220 — a brilliant piece of legislation — politically viable.
House Bill 67 would broaden the tax base, better reflect today’s economic activity and move Wyoming toward tax equity