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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 …

Wyoming Groups Call for Transparency and Accountability in the Aftermath of the Attack on the Capitol

January 17, 2021 Last week, horrified Americans watched as a violent assault was staged in our nation’s capital, putting the lives of our elected leaders and other public servants in danger, and disrupting a constitutionally mandated meeting of Congress to advance the peaceful transfer of presidential power. Here in Wyoming, we watched the shocking footage and share in the sentiment …

66th Wyoming Legislature

January 14, 2021

The 66th Wyoming Legislature was sworn in and seated on Tuesday, January 12, 2021. After the pomp, circumstance, ceremony, and an address from Governor Gordon, they voted on rules for the session. Missed the proceedings? You can always watch them on the WY Legislature’s YouTube channel. Find out more about how you can get involved!

How Congress Counts the Electoral Votes

How Congress Counts the Electoral Votes is part of ESPC’s How Does the Process Work? Series All eyes have turned to January 6th because that day marks the final step in the process to elect a new President. Here’s a recap of the steps leading up to the inauguration: Spring and Summer 2020: Nomination of Electors.  Nov. 3, 2020: Election Day. Dec. 8, 2020: Deadline for …

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 …