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Lawmakers recap session with Sheridan businesses

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Six Sheridan County lawmakers spoke to local business owners during a luncheon hosted by the Sheridan Chamber of Commerce.

Chamber Board President, Ken Thorpe, also a contractor, says the Legislature took care of a major issue for him during this year's session that involved giving preference to in-state contractors for state-funded projects and closing loopholes used by out-of-state businesses.

"I think it's very complicated for several contractors trying to figure out who's in-state, who's out-of-state.  They tried to clean up some of the language to identify that there needs to be ownership in Wyoming," said Thorpe.

"We want to make certain that when we're making billion dollar investments that our local businesses have an opportunity," said Rep. Rosie Berger (R-Big Horn).

Thorpe also followed the fuel tax increase.

"We have close to 60 trucks on the road, Powder River Heating and Air Conditioning does," said Thorpe.

But the lawmakers insist that in the long run, the fuel tax hike was needed to help maintain state roads.

"Having safe roads, well-maintained roads, is critical to small business in order for them to work," said Berger."

"If that goes back into helping our economy and helping some of these capital construction projects that we're also interested in, it's going to end up helping us in the long run," said Thorpe.

"We're really confident that there will be a minimal impact not only to local business, but to the individual in Wyoming," said Berger.

Now that legislators told their constituents how this year went, they can start preparing for next year's budget session.

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