Barrasso Warns of ObamaCare 'sticker shock' in GOP Address
Weeks before a key ObamaCare component is set to get off the ground, Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) is warning that flaws in the healthcare reform law will only make things harder for American families.

Barrasso, who worked as an orthopedic surgeon for two decades before coming to the Senate, used the weekly Republican address to denounce the Affordable Care Act as too expensive and push for a repeal.  “There’s no question we needed real reform...Read More

Sen. Enzi, Two Congressmen State Support Of CUs' Tax Exempt Status
A U.S. senator and two congressmen have added their support of credit unions' tax-exempt status to the growing list of congressional supporters, a further indication that credit unions' "Don't Tax My Credit Union" campaign is having an impact. They are U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), and U.S. Reps. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Phil Roe (R-Tenn.).

From left are: Chris Kemm of Mountain West Credit Union Association; Steve Higginson of Reliant FCU, Casper; Sen. Enzi; Brian Rohrbacher, Atlantic City FCU, Lander; Bill Willingham, WyHy FCU, Cheyenne; andVicki Nelson, River-Rail Community FCU, Casper.

Enzi, Vitter Would Force Congress, Obama to Pay for Health Care
Republicans David Vitter of Louisiana and Michael B. Enzi of Wyoming introduced legislation Tuesday that would make members, political appointees, the president and the vice president pay out of pocket for the full cost of their health care through exchanges set up by Obamacare.

“If Obamacare is good enough for the American people, it should be good enough for Congress, the President and Vice President, and other policy makers in Washington,” Enzi said in a statement. “I’ve said from the beginning that this law wouldn’t work and we see that proof daily with the endless exemptions, delays, and subsidies being authorized by the President. There’s no excuse for trying to let certain individuals and businesses off the hook when the American people are already paying the price of bad policy.”  Read More

Wyoming News


State Streamlines Rules, Adds New One
If a state agency throws the book at you in the future, it might not hurt as much. Except maybe the oil and gas book.

Gov. Matt Mead has asked state agencies, boards and commissions this year to reduce rules on the books by a third. The rules project would cut both rule length and the number of rules, hopefully streamlining processes for state government.

"We have obsolete, unnecessary and duplicative rules on the books and state agencies, boards and commissions are now looking critically at their existing rules and writing new rules in a more clear and concise manner," Mead said in a release.  Read More

On this day in 1868, Congress created the Wyoming Territory. To do so, lawmakers carved out land from the Dakota, Idaho and Utah Territories.

The matter had been on the congressional docket since 1865, when Rep. James M. Ashley (R-Ohio), chairman of the Committee on Territories, pressed his fellow legislators to provide a “temporary government for the territory of Wyoming.” But Ashley’s bill failed to advance out of his committee.  Read more
Senator Mark Udall Says a Plan To Replace One Dollar Bills With Coins Will Save Billions of Dollars
U.S. Senator Mark Udall, a Democrat from Colorado, is backing a proposal to replace dollar bills with coins.

Under the legislation, approximately 600,000 million coins would be placed into circulation. A transition to the coins would take about four years.  Read More

Arizona State Senator Begins Campaign to Counter Election Referendum
Calling a referendum drive misleading, a state senator has launched a campaign to keep voters from overturning extensive changes to voting laws made by the Republican-controlled Legislature.

Sen. Michele Reagan, R-Scottsdale, wants to collect funds to counter the petition drive that would force a public vote on the provisions of HB 2305. The provisions range from allowing election officials to stop sending early ballots to some voters, to putting potential new legal hurdles in the path of people who want to propose their own state laws and constitutional amendments. Read More

Wyoming Senate Race Between Cheney, Enzi is New Battle in GOP’s War
Liz Cheney has opened a new front in the battle for the soul of the Republican Party with her decision to challenge Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.). The fight pits conservatives willing to work across the aisle with a newer breed that views compromise as defeat.

The conflict, which has raged over the past two election cycles, is often marked by differences of tone and style more than ideology.  Read More

Wyoming News


Women should seek out business resources
The Wyoming Women's Business Center (WWBC) is designed to assist women who want to start and grow small businesses within the State of Wyoming. The WWBC assists entrepreneurs (especially women who are economically or socially disadvantaged) by providing various management and technical-assistance programs including comprehensive training and one-on-one counseling on a variety of business topics to help them start and grow their own businesses. Business planning and financial assistance are the two most frequently requested services.  READ MORE

Barrasso Endorses Bill Boosting AML Fund, Extending Helium Storehouse Deadline
A bill that would pump millions into Wyoming’s Abandoned Mine Lands fund and extend an impending privatization deadline for a federal helium storehouse passed a Senate committee in Washington with support from Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., last week.

Barrasso, a member of the Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee, hailed the bill for the revenue he expects it to generate.  Read More

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Districts introduce in-school credit unions
Students in several area high schools can now make a bank deposit or withdraw some cash in between classes without leaving the building.

The school districts of Dallas, Pittston Area, Wyoming Area and Wyoming Valley West have all opened credit union branches at their high schools in the past couple years to give students the opportunity to open an account and learn some real world money-managing skills.  READ MORE

Wyoming Ballot Access Should Be Fair, But Not Easy
The recent failed effort to repeal a new state law limiting the duties of the state superintendent of public instruction reiterated a long-held belief: Wyoming’s referendum laws are among the most stringent in the nation.

State lawmakers should consider whether the laws are too stringent.  Read More