Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon delivered his annual state of the state message Monday morning, kicking off the budget session with a packed gallery at the capitol. Speaking to an attentive audience, Gordon praised Wyoming’s resilient economy, highlighting the success of the state’s agriculture, finance, manufacturing and tourism industries.
The governor was quick to point out that these achievements were due in part to Wyoming’s conservative values. “These are all good things,” he said. “They show that Wyoming is open for business, constantly seeking to innovate and improve.”
Gordon also addressed the energy sector, which he said had been successful in 2021. However, he took aim at what he called “federal government opposition” to fossil fuels. “The Biden energy policy is pure, unadulterated bovine scatology,” Gordon said, drawing applause from the House floor. In late 2021, Gordon filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of the Interior for the second time over the Biden administration’s call to pause new oil and gas leases on federal land.
In addition to discussing energy issues, Gordon urged lawmakers to pass property tax relief bills aimed at helping Wyomingites living on fixed incomes or below the poverty line as well as those who live in areas where property values have skyrocketed. He emphasized that these measures were necessary to ensure that everyone in Wyoming had access to affordable housing and essential services.
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