There's a handful of medical professionals testifying before Joint Labor/Health this morning opposing vaccine mandates at Banner Health. Says it's created an environment of "tension and hostility."
Group includes an anesthesiologist, an ICU nurse, and a children's dentist.
Said professionals say mandates and ensuing climate are causing "serious psychological and emotional distress" among unvaccinated staff. Could exacerbate staffing crisis.
"Why would we exclude highly qualified individuals from the workforce?"
Sen. Lynn Hutchings said she would do whatever she could to help their cause. Rep. Bob Wharff, who has downplayed COVID and called it a "man-made" virus on social media, told them to "call their bluff."
1) Masks are important, wear them. 2) Wyoming's special places are changing, need to find ways for tourism to benefit the whole state. 3) Workforce development, ensuring Wyoming has the strongest education system in the country.
.@GovernorGordon is holding availability with Wyoming media this afternoon. I just hopped on the call, where he is paying tribute to Sen. Mike Enzi and a brief recap of his visit with DOI's Deb Haaland last week.
Focusing now on urging the DOI to lift its oil and gas leasing pause on federal lands, particularly given actions oversee.
Says it's having bad economic impacts while not helping climate change, and that we shouldn't judge by rigs running. (Which are up) wyofile.com/wyo-drilling-r…
Adds he discussed his skepticism of the 30x30 plan, which he said is "not for Wyoming."
Said it takes those lands out of the equation for economic benefit. "We will fight it every step of the way."
Said he hopes the trip will lead to a better dialogue with D.C.
For all intents and purposes, I have been told by quite a few people she is serious about the ag business stuff, which was the prime focus of the coalition behind last week's fundraiser with Kristi Noem and Mark Gordon.
Former WH Chief of Staff Mark Meadows is headlining a fundraiser for the House Freedom Fund in Jackson Hole this Thursday with Jim Jordan and Marjorie Taylor Greene.
The House Freedom Caucus has been working to get Cheney stripped of all of her committees in recent weeks.
Don't know much about several of the organizers, but Dan and Carleen Brophy are major players in Wyoming politics.
Both are known for funding hardline conservative, anti-establishment Republicans in close primary races. trib.com/news/state-and…
Thanks to a Jackson resident in my DMs: The Kemmerers were high-profile guests at a Trump fundraiser in Jackson a few years ago, and have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Trump campaign. jhnewsandguide.com/news/election/…
As candidates are expected to head to New Jersey to meet with former President Trump this week, @ChuckForWyoming's campaign has released top-line numbers from a poll showing him as the primary bet to beat @Liz_Cheney in next year's primaries.
First, the pollster, John Mclaughlin, was previously enlisted to conduct a poll on behalf of Trump's super PAC. He has a fairly low lifetime rating of C/D, per FiveThirtyEight. That one previously found @AnthonyBouchard to be the favorite. trib.com/news/state-and…
Times have changed however. We have a lot of new candidates in the race. And lots of speculation about new challengers.
But O'Neill is interesting. She was relatively unknown in Wyoming during her time in the Trump admin. Was spotted working the camera at the Matt Gaetz anti-Cheney event this winter. Recently bought property in the state, and has been meeting with people who know a thing or two.
Was trawling FEC filings and found a new PAC that formed earlier this month called "Protecting Wyoming Values."
"Interesting," I think to myself. "Wonder who's behind it."
So I tried to find out. Thread. 🧵
We have no local officers, no local addresses, but we do have a treasurer: Mr. Charles Gantt, a GOP consultant who runs a firm with ties to the Trump campaign and numerous other conservative orgs around the country.
Interesting enough to check out. So I call the number on the site, a Jackson number. Get an anonymous Google voicemail box. Weird. So I left a message. I'll let you know if I get a call back.
The Joint Agriculture Committee just voted to bring back the Second Amendment Preservation Act from last session on a split-second, unannounced vote earlier this afternoon.
"Don't throw something at me before we adjourn," said Sen. RJ Kost
Rep. Robert Wharff, an Evanston Republican and a former guns rights lobbyist, introduced a motion to bring it up in a special session specifically meant to address new COVID relief funds.
He said they ran up against the clock during the regular session, and it would have passed.
Lots of procedural concerns from co-chairman Brian Boner, who questioned repeatedly why the bill wasn't introduced as an individual bill. Said added caused undue controversy to the process, and should reconsider if he wanted it to pass should it fail to pass muster.
Rep. Gray says that the current Biden Administration policy to expand Medicaid to red states is "coercive." Asking if there are any legal challenges pending, but DOH staff say that most of the legal issues out there have "been resolved."
This is how our current environment as a non-expansion state compares to states that have expanded. Note the populations carved out here.
An official for the University of Wyoming's Center for Business and Economic Analysis walking through their version of the tax capacity study, with estimated from the minimum rate to if we went "full socialist" and maxed everything out.
Quite a bit.
Based off median income, we have room to raise taxes.
Here's us compared to states with no income tax... we could earn $2.3 billion if we adopted the median of their tax policies.
However, Texas and Washington have major metros. We don't. S. Dakota is the best match, which would net us about $1.1b extra per year.