In addition, our state is capitalizing on our current positive fiscal picture by providing incentives for businesses that want to locate or expand here, and businesses from manufacturers, energy companies to tech companies looking to build data centers are taking us up on them. We say, “Come to Wyoming, you will like what you see.” They are coming.
We are also putting dollars to work by upgrading our state’s infrastructure. Businesses and individuals alike need reliable transportation and broadband access. These are avenues for commerce and connectivity, ways to improve our quality of life. The University of Wyoming and our community colleges offer education and training opportunities that serve our citizens well and provide a prepared workforce for businesses. There are innovative new programs for film and hospitality careers, for the wind energy industry, in the field of reclamation and restoration, for developing technologies that will keep our energy industry competitive, to name only a few. And did I mention that outdoor recreation in Wyoming is world-class?
Wyoming is a great place to live, work, and play. We know how to balance economic growth while at the same time maintaining the things we treasure – clean air, clean water, open spaces, and abundant wildlife. We have effective state regulatory programs in place to protect our environment. We have a beautiful state and we aim to keep it that way.
So, what do we ask of the federal government? We ask that everyone from the President down to agency staffers to look for ways to cut and streamline, we ask Congress to emulate Wyoming’s legislature and balance its budget, we ask all of those who lobby and work on Capitol Hill to make sacrifices to reduce the nation’s debt and we ask for less, not more, regulation. In the short time I have been in office we have opposed the Office of Surface Mining’s proposed rulemaking that will adversely affect our coal industry.
We asked the Department of Interior to rescind its “wild lands” policy issued during the holidays last December. It takes away our ability to determine how to use the public lands inside our state and impairs multiple-uses on those lands. We ask the EPA to look at their regulations with the mindset of undoing the harm done. We ask Health and Human Services not to create thousands and thousands of pages of new federal regulations pertaining to the Affordable Care Act. Burdensome federal regulations are job and business destroyers. They suck up state resources that could be better put to use in other ways.
We need less regulation from Washington in order to move our state forward. That is what we ask for and it is a simple request.