Outdoor recreation is Wyoming’s most dependable industry. When will we support it with good public land access policies?
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.
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.
Most agree that Wyoming must expand and diversify its economy. So why do we struggle with laying the less politically palatable groundwork?