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Medicaid Expansion

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The Medicaid Expansion bills are beginning to be introduced in the legislature.  So far, there are four bills with various provisions.  I’ve attached a chart to help navigate the differences. To recap, Medicaid is available to citizens in certain categories of disability, age, pregnancy, and a few other qualifiers.   It is available to families who make less than 133% of federal poverty level who have school-age children and families who make less than 145% of federal poverty level with younger children. When the ACA (Obamacare) passed,...

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Budget Session 2014 – - The Budget & State of the State

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Budget Session 2014 – - The Budget & State of the State

Well, we’re up and rolling today with the State of the State, State of the Judiciary, and the first day of bill introductions. The legislature has cut spending the last few years – more than 6% last year – with the goal of having a smaller baseline budget since the long-term outlook for mineral revenues is questionable.   Mineral revenues directly fund around 75% of our state budget and school budgets.  We continue to aggressively fund into savings to increase the percentage of our budget that comes from income these funds...

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Ruth Ann Petroff represents district 16 in the Wyoming House of Representatives.   Her career has been in the hospitality industry, owning/operating Domino’s Pizza in Jackson from ’88-’06, Hard Drive Cafe from ’03-’10, and currently Snake River Coffee Roasting Company.  Involved with many non-profit organizations and civic projects, she has a wide variety of experiences that make her uniquely qualified to represent many sectors of the Jackson Hole community. Bills she has successfully passed in the legislature...

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Why the ‘Moment of Truth’ is Good for Wyoming

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Nobody loves the Simpson-Bowles ‘Moment of Truth’ plan.  Nobody.  That’s kind of the point.  Dealing with the debt and deficit of the US Government is going to take more than sound bites; more than winners and losers.  We will collectively lose if we don’t find statesmen and stateswomen who are willing to stand up and make the difficult decisions, sacrifices, and compromises necessary to put our country on a fiscally sound track. People ask what issue I think is of greatest importance to Wyoming.  My answer is that the federal debt and...

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