Secrecy in Wyoming’s budget shortfall proposal

A legislative proposal could ensure that the work of Wyoming’s influential revenue-estimating group can continue in secret and behind closed doors.

A bill passed by the Senate last week would exempt the Consensus Revenue Estimating Group – other than its final public reports – from the state’s public records and open meetings act. The group, more commonly known as CREG, issues annual and periodic reports projecting how much mineral taxes and other revenues the state can expect to take in during the coming years.

The governor and Legislature have used the information during the past several decades to determine how much can be spent in the state’s budget plans. Continue…