The People’s Review: LIVE Does Wyoming’s budget reflect our values?

January 18, 2021 ESPC to host lawmakers, economist to talk real-life implications of budget decisions LARAMIE, Wyo — As part of its monthly People’s Review: Live! online series, the nonpartisan Equality State Policy Center will host a panel of state legislative leaders and a prominent Wyoming economist to discuss whether the current state budget adequately aligns with the priorities, values, and needs …

Why the “Mirror Bill” Process Is Flawed and Fails to Uphold the Vision of the Wyoming Constitution

December 23, 2020 Introduction & Context As the 65th Wyoming State Legislature completed its budget session in March of 2020, Americans were just beginning to learn about the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to this unprecedented emergency and its resulting economic fallout, the 116th U.S. Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as …

ESPC Testimony to Revenue Committee

December 17, 2020 Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I’m Chris Merrill, executive director of the Equality State Policy Center. I’m here today not because my organization is convinced this proposed tax increase on wind energy is great policy. We’re not. And there are differing opinions within my coalition about the wisdom of this proposal, and at least one of our member …

People’s Review: LIVE! The Real Cost of Defunding Education in Wyoming

December 14, 2020 LARAMIE, Wyo — As part of its monthly People’s Review: Live! online series, the nonpartisan Equality State Policy Center will host a panel of education policy experts to discuss how Wyoming should balance the need to address revenue declines with its constitutional obligation to educate its citizens. The roundtable discussion, “The Real Cost of Defunding Education in Wyoming,” will …

Merrill: We must unequivocally condemn the campaign to overturn the election

December 14, 2020 From the Casper-Star Tribune Topping the long list of profound challenges we’ve all faced in 2020, we’re now witnessing a coordinated national-level campaign to undermine our basic, essential faith in our country’s system of elections. Some elected leaders at the highest levels — people charged with upholding the U.S. Constitution and standing up for the truths we …

Why Transparency Matters

November 20, 2020 Transparency experts on our latest People’s Review: LIVE! had a lot to dig into as they talked about how to ensure Wyomingites aren’t being shut out of the legislative process at a time when COVID-19 is changing the way lawmakers hold meetings and how citizens can participate. Panelists kicked off the discussion with the November 19 Legislative …

Shut Out? Ensuring Public Access to Lawmakers—Even in a Pandemic

November 17, 2020 LARAMIE, Wyo — As part of its monthly People’s Review: Live! online series, the nonpartisan Equality State Policy Center will host a panel of transparency experts to discuss the importance of ensuring the public can observe and have access to lawmakers during the 2021 General Session. “As the Legislature makes plans to meet at the Capitol for the upcoming …

Tell Revenue Committee: Cuts Alone Won’t Save Us

Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon has just announced an additional round of cuts to the state’s already lean budget. Since July, Wyoming’s spending has been reduced by 15 percent—with significant hits to key health, education, and family services. Those reductions translate to real lives impacted: much needed services no longer available, jobs lost, paychecks gone.   The governor’s announcement makes this week’s meeting of the Joint Revenue …