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Editor: 

On April 29, 2018 the Casper Star-Tribune’s Editorial Board publicly endorsed the legislature’s Blockchain initiative (i.e. Enrolled Act No 27). The Board bought the Blockchain legislation, sold it to the public and thereby takes ownership of it. However, jumping on an economic development bandwagon is far less important than the question of the Star-Tribune’s reporting on the State’s policy choices beyond publishing anecdotes and hearsay. It is the press’s charge to inform the public and hold government accountable. Blockchain legislation is advertised as a means of diversifying Wyoming’s economy. How is diversification defined? How will we know that we have reached that goal? And a year from now (or at any specified time), what demonstrable, credible, transparent evidence will the Star-Tribune publish that Blockchain, the Wyoming Commercial Air Service Improvement Act, or any other state policy initiative has the desired consequences demanding the legislature’s attention or the public’s resources? Pursuing a policy of public investments whose outcomes are unmeasured means that we know neither when we have failed nor when policy succeeds. There are only a handful of institutions that can hold Wyoming policy makers accountable. Failure to hold state policies accountable jeopardizes the state’s economic viability. Anybody can engage in boosterism.

TOM GALLAGHER, Casper

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