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Hill: ‘Wyoming is Wyoming’s business’

Posted: Wednesday, Jun 18th, 2014

Photo/Whitney Helm Cindy Hill explains her plans to Bob Barker.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Cindy Hill returned to her hometown of Wheatland last week to hold a meet and greet with residents. Hill, who is currently superintendent of public instruction, formally launched her bid for governor in last year after battling Gov. Matt Mead over bill Senate File 104, which was overturned by the Wyoming Supreme Court.

Hill said the executive and legislative branches of the government are no longer focused on the people and the state needs to be more transparent.

“Right now, very few people know what’s in our budget … it’s in the hands of those few legislators and the governor, and what they’re telling us is in the budget and what is actually in the budget doesn’t add up,” Hill said.

Hill cited the proposed 2015-16 biennium budget request document, which allotted $100,000 for what she called “deep water ports.” She said, in the “deep water ports” item in the budget request, the money was originally supposed to be used for funding related to increasing coal exports, but that now the money can be used for traveling.

According to the budget request, “The money was originally set aside by the Legislature to support efforts related to increased coal exports to foreign markets. Several efforts have been initiated, including discussions with foreign markets and decision makers in states effected by export facilities and increased rail traffic. This funding may be used for transportation and room and board costs for delegations of bi-partisan elected officials or their staff for the purpose of informing decision and policy makers about Wyoming energy development, natural resources, agriculture and tourism.”

Hill said she thinks money, such as that allotted for deep water ports, should be used for towns to plan infrastructure.

“Why is it that cities, towns and counties have to go before the state to ask for money? I believe we have enough money to cover that. The money in that budget should probably have something to do with the title,” she said of the deep water port funds.

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