Wyoming's highways are so underfunded that WYDOT is beginning to turn paved roads back into gravel. We have to maintain the roads that connect our communities. In the past decade the cost of building and maintaining highways has tripled, but state funding for highways has barely changed. Instead, we have quintupled the amount of money we are setting aside in savings. Rather than sending more money off to be invested in the stock market, why not invest in Wyoming roads and construction and engineering workers?
These days the internet is the electronic equivalent of a highway. If we want to maintain our rural communities--enabling people to work, learn, and receive services in their communities--we need to improve our broadband coverage. The State of Wyoming, as a major buyer, can encourage the private sector to expand broadband coverage throughout the state.
State government spending in Wyoming relies heavily on the mining industries. We should support this sector, as well as the agricultural and tourism sectors. In addition, though, we need to attract new jobs to Wyoming and encourage our local entrepreneurs. This can be done by maintaining our business-friendly climate, improving our broadband services, and expanding our employment training programs. The State also should continue to encourage overseas exports, and technology transfers between the University and the private sector.