Barlow Wants To Continue Service
Written by broebling on May 24, 2018
Press Release – I would like to continue my service in the legislature. My work has been gratifying and humbling as I continue to learn how our state government works and the issuesmost important to you.
Now in my sixth year, I believe I am becoming more adept at representing our community, and the best interests of Wyoming. My goal continues to be legislative solutions that are purposeful, practical and fiscally responsible. I currently serve as Chairman of the House Labor, Health and Social Services Committee. We have done good work and there is more to do. If re-elected, I will seek additional leadership roles as they become available.
During the last election I mentioned some of the items I would be working on… here is an update:
Highway 59 – The passing lanes are complete just in time for the increasing oilfield activity. There are plans for multi-lane sections at Wright and Douglas, and the Garner Lake road project continues. Our roads are getting safer for our workers and families.
State Budget – There are new efforts underway to find cost saving through efficiencies, and make the budget process more transparent. I will continue to push the notion that we shouldn’t budget based on money we don’t have yet. This is fiscal responsibility.
Energy – Each year our northeast Wyoming cities and counties invite groups of congressional staffers, and legislators from other states, here to learn about our energy industry. We have hosted dinners for them at our ranch for several years, and they are coming again this year. In June, we anticipate a Chinese delegation interested in technology and processes developed in Wyoming. Building these relationships is good for Wyoming.
Healthcare – We continue to make incremental beneficial changes. However, the cost of healthcare is one of the biggest challenges for families and businesses. The federal government doesn’t seem able to do anything very helpful, so we are seeking out ideas that will help chart our own course. Tough road, but absolutely necessary.
Education – There were modest and justifiable cuts in the last two years. Some of our funding shortfall was addressed and more thoughtful work is needed. Please remember, while the State provides school funding, local school boards set their spending priorities.
In the past year, I have been honored to receive several awards that I hope demonstrate my availability and effectiveness on a variety of issues, including:
– Wyoming County Commissioner’s Association- 2017 Legislator of the Year,
– Wyoming Youth Services Association- 2017 Legislator of the Year, and the
– National Guard Association of the United States- Patrick Henry Award.
As always, and most importantly, I will continue listening to your interests, considering your solutions and working for your needs. No PAC money. No candidate questionnaires. No negative campaigning. No labels. No self- serving agenda. No pledges. No special interest strings.
My only interest is yours, and Wyoming’s, best interest. I respectfully ask for your vote in the upcoming Republican Primary on August 21st.