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Wyoming on the road to “tax and spend”

Posted: Monday, Feb 4th, 2013

Representative Allen Jaggi at an impromptu ‘town meeting’ last Saturday in Lyman. PIONEER PHOTO/Virginia Giorgis


Pioneer Editor

LYMAN – The Wyoming Legislature, even though there are 76 Republicans out of the 90 Legislators, is careening down a road of “tax and spend,” according to Representative Allen Jaggi last Saturday afternoon.

Jaggi, home for the weekend, held an impromptu ‘town meeting’ at the Lyman High School PAC following Lyman’s basketball games.

He addressed several issues confronting the Legislature this year. As a member of the Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources Committee, Jaggi said the committee came out against the increase in Wyoming Game and Fish license fees. He questioned the department’s management.

In conjunction to Jaggi’s comments, the Committee said the bill would have increased license fees up to 50 percent of the current cost with the average increase around 20 percent. The Committee also questioned the number of personnel for the G&F. It currently has 411 full time employees.

Jaggi said he went to Cheyenne to uphold the desires of the people who elected him. He said he ran on less government, less regulations and less taxation.

As for the gas tax, Jaggi said he told the Legislators he had received no support for the increase from his constituents in Uinta County. He also question WYDOT’s construction of the $20 million project which created a parking lot for semi-trucks near Fort Bridger and one near Evanston. He questioned the need to replace all the fencing along I-80 between Evanston and Bridger Valley. He also questioned WYDOT’s “duplication of services” with its staff.

He later said, “I have to stand up for what I believe in.” He also said, “If it’s in the Constitution, we should stand up for it.”

For the complete article see the 02-01-2013 issue.

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