Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon delivered his annual state of the state message Monday morning, kicking off the budget session. Speaking to a packed gallery at the capitol, Gordon praised Wyoming’s resilient economy and its thriving industries.
“These are all good things,” said Gordon. “They show that Wyoming is open for business, constantly seeking to innovate and improve.”
The governor also spoke about the energy sector’s success in 2021 and 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 2022, Gordon filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of the Interior for the second time over the Biden administration’s call a few years ago to pause new oil and gas leases on federal land.
Gordon also 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 like Jackson Hole where property values have skyrocketed.
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