Gubernatorial candidates Matt Mead and Leslie Peterson addressed the Wyoming County Commissioners' Association in Laramie last week. In the September 23rd edition of the Casper Star-Tribune, an article on the gathering indicated that latest estimates call for the State to have just more than $712 million in the Legislative Stabilization Reserve Account in June 2012.
Petersen, a Democrat and former Teton County commissioner, said she favors finding a steady revenue source for local governments. She told the audience, “This idea of cities, towns and counties having to go to the Legislature year after year, hat in hand, isn't a good way to do business.”
Mead, a Republican and former U.S. Attorney for Wyoming, said he believes the State should be investing in local infrastructure projects rather than putting extra money into reserves. He stated that he thinks “buying hard assets, a mile of road, versus something that is more risky – this is a very good time to be looking at hard assets.”
The issue prompted this week's Bank of Sheridan / sheridanmedia.com poll question: “Is it more important for the state to fund cities and counties as opposed to the other areas of state government?”
Let us know what you think. Cast your vote here: http://www.sheridanmedia.com/pol... and feel free to leave appropriate comments. Then be sure to tune in to NewsTalk 930 KROE this Friday morning at 9:10 a.m. to hear the results.