Breakfast with the Governor
We had a delicious buffet from Open Range in the historic Sheridan Inn setting, with a witty and very informative featured guest. Ask our board president, Stacia Skretteberg, if it was a special time: it’s not everyone who has their state governor singing Happy Birthday to them on their (sh-h-h) 40th birthday.
* In a state where 70-75% of revenue comes from minerals, making diversification of our economy a priority, especially in expanding our technology offerings. “My goal is to talk about minerals, tourism, ag and No. 4 would be technology.”
* Supporting the use of the state’s $2 billion “rainy day” fund to level out state revenue so that state residents can be provided essentially the same services when the extraction industry is having down times.
* Supporting the allocation of more funds to local governments. “The best decisions made at the county level, the town level, are made by those who live there.”
* To bring back some of our talent drain in a new program called “Wyoming Grown,” seeking out former state residents who already know the benefits of living in Wyoming and connecting them with available jobs in our state.
* Continued work and diligence to increase competition and lower costs in health care. Right now, he said, Wyoming has the highest healthcare costs in the nation.
* Addressing the lack of reliable commercial air service in the state, including the possibility of regional airports rather than an airport in each and every town that wants one.