House Considers New Revenue Stream For Education

Feb 25, 2020

Credit Tennessee Watson

Wyoming lawmakers are still looking for ways to pay for education funding. A variety of tax proposals have been rejected and the long term forecast shows a major deficit in funds used for education.

One proposal that received initial approval by the Wyoming House of Representatives would ask voters to support a constitutional amendment, shifting two thirds of the money that the state gets from leasing state lands into the Wyoming education budget. The bill got half-hearted support from a number of Representatives including Laramie Democrat Cathy Connolly.

"It's not the solution. However, it helps us significantly. $43 million a year to fill the education hole," said Connolly.

Connolly and others expressed frustration that a better solution has not been approved by the legislature. The bill will need two thirds support from the legislature and then would be placed on the general election ballot.

Have a question about this story? Contact the reporter, Bob Beck, at btwo@uwyo.edu.