Presiding: Caitlin White
Professor’s Quote: Rollin Abernethy
Humor: Todd Pearson
Meeting Room setup/takedown and general problem solving: Tom Mangan and Ron Van Ekeren
Introduction of Guests: Talisha Mottinger
Guests: Rollin Abernethy introduced Kaitlyn Emerson; Amelia Kelso introduced Lizzy Klungler; Murray Schroeder introduced Sally Schroeder.
Visiting Rotarians:  Terry and Dottie Jones from Emmett ID
Foundation Drawing: Loren Richards won $10 with $2714.50 in the pot and 3 cards left.
O’Dwyers Drawing: Steve Morgan
won a $20 gift card from O’Dwyer’s.
 
Announcements:
• President Caitlin announced Rotary social hour at Speedgoat on May 14 at 5:30.
• Murray Schroeder and George Gill announced opportunities for City Cleanup Day on May 4th.
• Becky Maddox announced that Duck Race committees are forming and tickets will be available online.
• Christie Roberts is looking for help with the Duck Race Prize Committee.
• Tom Wolfe is selling tickets to the Hospital fund raiser raffle.
• Club Secretary Annette Mello announced that elections are coming up.
• Club Treasurer Nicole Nelson announced the semi-annual bills are being prepared and asked for any changes in status.
• Tony Hoch announced the LRCD seedling tree sale.
• President Caitlin announced the upcoming district conference.
 
Rotarians of the Week: Paul Heimer nominated the people selling drawing tickets, who must be exhausted!
 
Songs: Jan Lawrence
 
Upcoming Programs:
May 14  - Rotary Happy Hour at Speedgoat (Raj’s Place)
May 16 – Carol Frost UW Geology Department
May 23 – Club Assembly
May 30 – Doug Faus - Ivinson Memorial Hospital
June 6 – TBA
June 13 - Anita McLaughlin – Wyoming Community Foundation
 
Rotary 4-way test
Of the things we think, say, or do
•   Is it the Truth?
•   Is it Fair?
•   Will it build Good Will and Better Friendships?
•   Will it be Beneficial to All Concerned?
 
Program: State Senator Chris Rothfuss
 
Introduction of the Program: Dan Furphy
 
Chris Rothfuss is the senior senator from Albany County. He is the Minority Floor Leader in the Senate, and sits on the Minerals and Economic Development Committee, and the Education Committee.
Senator Rothfuss began his talk with a recap of the 2018-2019 legislature by noting that the legislature balanced the budget as required by statute, but they still have a $300M structural deficit for the biennium.  He also noted that a routine swing in the stock market, or oil prices could balance the budget or make things worse – such is Wyoming.
 
He noted that Wyoming has done a great job in seeding many accounts and running programs from the interest, but this year they were not able to add much to these accounts. Rothfuss also reminded us that minerals have been carrying Wyoming for much of its history and we still are grasping for something substantial, as in billions in revenue and thousands of jobs to offset the decline in coal.
 
Just bringing in a few thousand jobs here and there won’t fix the problem because our tax structure can’t afford to support the new people.  For example 1000 new jobs might bring 400 new school kids – the new employees don’t pay income tax, but each child costs $17,000 to educate.
 
The legislature did nothing to fix or diversify the revenue shortfall in spite of having a lodging tax and a “retail fairness” bill on the table, both of which would have taxed individuals and companies benefiting from services in Wyoming.
On the positive side there were no major cuts to meaningful programs like K-12 education and we still have $1.86B in the legislative stabilization (rainy day) account and about $20B invested in other reserve accounts.
 
Senator Rothfuss also gave an update on the Blockchain Taskforce.  Wyoming strives to position itself as a world leader in the emerging technology. This transaction-based digital bookkeeping system requires a lot of computing capability and electrical power.  No other state has embraced it and the world is watching what we are doing.
 
Responding for the Club: Paul Heimer
 
Response: The Rotary Club of Laramie will make a donation to the public library children’s book fund in the speaker’s name.
NOTE: We Do Not Donate a Book!
 
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Spoke Editor: Tony Hoch, 307-760-9386 or tony.hoch@lrcd.net
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