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Gov. Mead Pushes Forward with Energy Policy
Gov. Matt Mead is pushing forward with development of an energy policy for the state. Mead's staff has been meeting with Wyoming energy producers as well as conservation groups and others since early summer. The planning process has identified four major themes for the state energy policy. The themes are: economic competitiveness, efficient regulation, natural resource conservation and development of new technologies. Shawn Reese is Mead's policy director.
Reese says the governor's office intends to release a number of draft initiatives in coming weeks and said there will be a public meetings in early December to discuss them. Energy production is the economic lifeblood of Wyoming, which imposes no state personal or corporate income tax. Taxes on energy production fund the bulk of state government operations.