As the conversation in Washington pivots from healthcare to tax reform, so, too, does the chatter around the country during this August recess period. While lawmakers are back home this month, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce hopes too that representatives will be thinking about their promises to the national Chamber association.
President & CEO of the U.S. Chamber, Tom Donohue, issued an open letter to Congress on July 20. In part, it stated:
"In the last election, the Chamber endorsed 240 candidates. In the upcoming cycle, in addition to looking for candidates who support free enterprise, we will be focusing on individuals with a demonstrated willingness to govern, which means reaching consensus so that legislation can be passed and enacted into law. We are a quarter of the way through this Congress, but we are not yet where we need to be on key issues like health care, tax reform, and rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure. Promises were made; promises must be kept."
A consensus statement was issued by Congress, agreeing that tax codes need to be amended to drive economic growth. The U.S. Chamber's message to Congress included the following:
The hit Food Network program Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives has been to Wyoming in the show's ten year run on cable television, but it's only visited six Wyoming restaurants, and frustratingly, they were all in Jackson.
Anyone who's actually ventured out in Gillette knows our town's secret foodie revolution. From award-winning barbecue at Jo-Bawb's, to Mexican-Italian fusion at Armando's Tacos and Pasta, we have surprising and delicious choices for dinner in Campbell County.
Recently the Chamber posed a survey to its Facebook audience, asking which of our member restaurants deserved a shot on a television show like Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.
The top three results are in: Pizza Carrello, The Coop, and The Main Bagel are Gillette's favorite Chamber restaurants. Pizza Carrello, with its premium ingredients, and original wood-fired pizza combinations, has come a long way in five years. They earned Entrepreneur of the Year from the Chamber in 2012, and moved from a pizza cart on the street to a 140-seat restaurant on South Douglas Highway. So it's no surprise they took first place in our friendly poll.
The Coop combines rotisserie chicken with multiple different cultural influences. You can grab an outstanding chicken pot pie, lettuce wraps, or incredible empanadas. The Main Bagel is another homegrown favorite that serves everything freshly made, with the best ingredients, not least of which is their bagels! From breakfast to dinner, they have a fantastic menu, as well.
Probably the most frustrating part of this is that the show is produced by a Denver-based company called Citizen Pictures. You won't have to drive far to visit some of the best pizza, barbecue, tacos, and sandwiches in Wyoming -- we're right here in Gillette!
If you want to tell the show that, send your suggestion to firstname.lastname@example.org.
State economists have released data from the first quarter of 2017, and while the smaller picture may show declines in sales tax revenue and incomes, the big picture shows a decrease in unemployment, and a rebounding real estate market.
Not only have permits for new residential construction gone up across the state from this time last year, the U.S. housing market has met levels from before the housing bubble burst. Visits to major tourist destinations like Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons are down from last year's 100th anniversary celebration of National Parks, but visits to the state are expected to jump dramatically this quarter due to the total solar eclipse sweeping across the state in August.
The biggest news out of the Department of Administration & Information's analysis is that despite seeing a statewide average 2% drop on sales and use tax collections the first part of 2017, exploration in to new energy sources and production have led to a boost in the sale of equipment and services in mining, keeping Campbell County's revenue drop in the single digits, while other counties saw a 15-35% drop in revenue. Overall, however, it is the smallest average decline in revenue in the past two years.
You can read the entire report by clicking here.
Yesterday the mercury nearly reached the century mark, with the high on Wednesday at 99°. Today the National Weather Service is predicting a high of 95°, and while that's not quite a record-breaker, either (in 1936, the record for July 5 was 102°, for July 6 it was 107° in 1981), it's going to stay pretty hot this weekend, with temperatures in the high 90s.
If you're going out adventuring this weekend, make sure to pack plenty of water and sunblock!
The temperatures aren't the only thing to worry about. A ban on open burning goes in to effect Friday at 12:01 a.m. The partial ban will prohibit outdoor burning on private and public lands, though trash fires will be allowed in a container overnight, and charcoal grill fires will still be allowed. Here's a complete list of exceptions to the burn ban, released by the Campbell County Fire Department:
The ban is enacted by Campbell County officials and will remain in effect until it is rescinded by the board of commissioners.
(Photo courtesy Cam-plex)