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    Matthew Burkhart
    (Rep)

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    Trey Sherwood
    (Dem)

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Given the cuts to the Wyoming Departments of Health and Family Services already made by Governor Gordon, how would you immediately protect the most vulnerable among us?

Do you support any legislation that may come before the 2021 session of the Legislature that could result in raising revenue? Please explain.

What is your position on “Medicaid expansion” that allows low-income adults to be eligible for healthcare coverage with 90% funding from the Federal government and 10% funding from the State?

Campaign Phone (307) 314-9858
Campaign Email matt@mattburkhart.com
I am an electrical engineer, MS University Wyoming, with experience in industry and technology. As a research scientist at UW, I develop and manage innovative and effective solutions to challenging problems for public benefit by working with diverse stakeholders. I have education experience through UW, 2 children in ACSD1 schools and the insights of my wife, a 3rd generation educator. I’m active in my church and serve our community as a volunteer firefighter, EMT and search and rescue. I enjoy hunting, snowmobiling and biking, I support public land access and private property rights. I am Chair of the WY State Trails Advisory Council, appointed by the Governor to represent multiple-use and was on the WY Outdoor Recreation Task Force.
Keeping services that directly protect the most vulnerable, including those with mental health issues, is personally important, and is reflected in the Governor’s cuts. We must keep services that encourage people to help one another and build partnerships with community nonprofits while maintaining personal responsibility. Patients, caregivers, and medical providers must be involved in identifying critical services and develop sustainable ways to maintain accessibility, especially for children and the aged. Consolidation of administrative functions can be done without affecting the vulnerable.
I will consider bills that enable meaningful growth of businesses and infrastructure without expanding our citizen’s tax burden. We cannot raise taxes just to support current spending; we need a balanced fiscal approach, cuts are not enough. We all have a shared responsibility for Wyoming’s future; together we can solve regulatory, workforce and housing issues facing businesses. I do not support personal or corporate income taxes; this idea inequitably places Wyoming’s financial burden on a few, rather than developing long-term solutions. Wyoming must be a good steward of its resources, serving citizens with essential functions by collaborating with private industry, consolidating and identifying services that can be self-sufficient.
Given the state’s present financial situation, we cannot place another burden on the citizens of Wyoming. Expansion will initially cost $18M to $30M with no guarantee of continued federal reimbursement. We do not have these funds without cutting more valuable services. Enrollment does not guarantee individuals access to care; without participating healthcare providers, the system is delusive. Local solutions created by citizens and providers are more appropriate and offer better patient-centered options, such as community health centers, preventative care programs and technology-driven telemedicine. Qualified pre-hospital providers can expand care where most needed, while increasing access to doctors and specialized providers when needed.
Campaign Phone (307) 760-2722
Campaign Email treysherwood@gmail.com
With 15 years of business and non-profit leadership, I’ve worked to build a vibrant community by bringing people together to find creative solutions to challenging problems. In my position with Laramie Main Street, I enjoy advocating for small business owners while coordinating a wide range of holistic economic development strategies on a shoestring budget. In addition to my professional experience, I am a graduate of Leadership WY and WY Game and Fish’s Becoming an Outdoor Woman program. A co-founder of the Laramie Mural Project and the Laramie Public Art Coalition, and board member for the Laramie Plains Museum and the local historical society. I am active in my church, enjoy outdoor activities, gardening and cooking with wild game.
While the impacts would not be immediately felt, I support equitable tax reform and utilizing CARES funding (if still available) to restore essential services to Wyoming’s elderly, poor, incarcerated, addicted and mentally ill. In the meantime, I invite you to join me in making a personal donation to United Way of Albany County that grants funds to 17 different social service organizations in Laramie that provide for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our community. Your gift increases the capacity of people to care for each other. www.unitedwayalbanycounty.org
I support raising revenue to protect jobs, invest in schools, care for our most vulnerable and for the continuation of essential services (i.e. safe roads, public health, broadband). We cannot cut our way out of this budget crisis, while maintaining our quality of life. Efforts to diversify our economy will be unsuccessful without tax reform that is justified, equitable, balanced and transparent. We must be good stewards of our resources while examining revenue enhancements to move us away from our dependence on minerals, which have thus far subsidized the majority of our public services.
I strongly support Medicaid expansion as a way to care for our most vulnerable residents and enhance our business climate. In August, the Kaiser Family Foundation published a review showing expansion can result in gains in employment as well as growth in the labor market. With support from the Wyoming Medical Society, AARP, the primary care and hospital associations, and the Equality State Policy Center, it is time we found the $18 million (10% match) needed to accept federal funds to expand coverage for our roughly 19,000 neighbors who would benefit from this program.