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Public employees, stand with your members, not governor, on Life Resource Center

Feb 20, 2013 - Clay Long, Lander


During the 2010 governor's primary election, there was a discussion about who would be the best governor. The Wyoming Public Employees Association, a subset of the Service Employees International Union (one of President Obama's union supporters) spoke favorably for Matt Mead.

They wrote in their publication "Matt Mead called the WPEA prior to formally announcing his candidacy, to visit with us about our concerns and our recommendations. He has individuals within his election committee that have been friendly and supportive of the WPEA ..."

The governor has now tasked the legislature, through his budget proposals, to make strong cuts. There are a number of areas where the state will make cuts. One target is the Wyoming Life Resource Center with House Bill 68. This bill asks for a study originally aimed, one could argue, at disassembling the Wyoming Life Resource Center.

Where is the WPEA on this action? State Sen. Cale Case has been instrumental in working with the legislature to communicate on this bill. I hope the WPEA will consider standing with the members they represent and not the governor, who held private consolations with them even prior to running.

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