Gillette mayor rips Legislature for lack of ‘focus,’ pragmatism

Saturday, June 22, 2019

The mayor of the coal capital of Wyoming offered pointed criticism of the Legislature earlier this month, saying lawmakers need to focus on finding solutions for cities and towns trying to diversify and grow their economies.

“I guess I’m pretty frustrated with our Legislature,” two-term Gillette Mayor Louise Carter-King told WyoFile on June 5. The comments stemmed from her exasperation over lawmakers’ failure to pass a proposed lodging tax she said would have helped Wyoming cities and towns.

“I don’t see what they’ve done — I mean they should be doing what each community is trying to do collectively,” she said. They should ask “what can help us” evolve our economies.

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