Wyoming lawmakers may not realize it, but they’ve been given a rare and unexpected opportunity this election year. Surprisingly, it comes as the result of our new nemesis: COVID-19.
But amid the economic devastation left in the wake of this Tasmanian devil of a pandemic is at least one silver lining: State legislators get at least a partial do-over when it comes to this year’s budget session. In fact, they probably get at least two chances to prove to Wyoming residents/voters that they have their best interests at heart.
The first opportunity will come this Friday, as legislators convene a two-day special session to consider four bills related to the state’s response to COVID-19.
The proposed legislation would, first and foremost, address how the state plans to use the $1.25 billion in funding from the federal coronavirus relief bill passed by Congress in late March. Much to lawmakers’ dismay, states have been told they can’t just use the money to backfill their budgets to make up for revenue lost to the virus-related shutdowns.
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May 10, 2020