State Legislators Speak at GOP Women's Meeting

Sheridan County legislators from left, Sen. Bruce Burns, Sen. Dave Kinskey, Rep. Mark Jennings, Rep. Bo Biteman. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Sheridan County legislators from left, Sen. Bruce Burns, Sen. Dave Kinskey, Rep. Mark Jennings, Rep. Bo Biteman. (Photo by Pat Blair)

State Sen. Bruce Burns said this past legislative session was his 23rd and was the toughest he's ever been in.

Burns, who this year was elevated to chairman of the joint appropriations committee, was one of four state legislators who were guest speakers at Tuesday's luncheon meeting of the Sheridan County Republican Women. Also at the luncheon were Sen. Dave Kinskey and representatives Mark Jennings and Bo Biteman.

Burns said the problem is, the state doesn't have the money now, and he doesn't think the minerals that have been Wyoming's major source of revenues will be coming back.

Biteman said the House held the line on not raising taxes, in spite of several attempts in the House to increase the sales tax.

Kinskey had praise for Burns as joint appropriations committee chairman.

Kinskey said education was the biggest issue this year. He said Wyoming spends almost $17,000 per student per year, but on national tests, Wyoming students do less well than those in states that spend much less per student.

Jennings spoke not on education or finances but on three bills dealing with social issues, including House Bill 153 that, he said, prevented the state from interfering with the rights of good parents in matters concerning their children.

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Sen. Bruce Burns. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Sen. Bruce Burns. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Part of Tuesday's audience listening to Burns. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Part of Tuesday's audience listening to Burns. (Photo by Pat Blair)
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