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New State Auditor Kristi Racines Embraces The Transparency Revolution: American Transparency and Equality State Taxpayers Association Receive 6 years of State Checkbook Expenditures

Applaud Auditor Racines for opening the books. Wyoming’s new State Auditor Kristi Racines has produced six-years of state checkbook expenditures to OpenTheBooks.com and Equality State Taxpayers Association. The production included all public state spending transactions, along with the requested vendor file. This production fully satisfied the open records request that was the subject of litigation… Continue Reading

Wyoming Supreme Court Opinion on Capitol Renovation

The Wyoming Supreme Court has rendered an opinion on the lawsuit filed by Treasurer Gordon concerning the Capitol Square project.  The court ruled that the legislation concerning the project was unconstitutional on its face and ordered the District Court to proceed according to the Supreme Court ruling.  The order was a strongly worded order to… Continue Reading

K-12 Funding Information Provided by Rep. Jennings

The following information has been provided by Representative Mark Jennings regarding K-12 funding. The questions were from Rep. Jennings to the Wyoming Legislative Services Office (LSO), and the answers are provided as written from the LSO. How much per student does the state spend on K-12 education.? For school year 2016-2017, this amount is approximately… Continue Reading

Fiscal Impacts from Government Vacancies

The following information has been provided by Representative Mark Jennings and is a response from the Legislative Services Office regarding the fiscal impacts on freezes to existing governmental vacancies. “…in the 2017 General Session the Governor and the Legislature reduced 167 positions (157 full-time and 10 part-time) resulting in savings of approximately $18 million general funds… Continue Reading

No-Bid Contracts Contribute to Budget Shortfall

Suit has been filed in Wyoming’s First Judicial District calling for the judicial examination of contracting practices with respect to the Capitol Square Project, but also, the general contracting practices by the State of Wyoming. The suit claims that the Wyoming Legislature has shown a pervasive disregard of the competitive bidding requirements of Article 3, Section 31… Continue Reading