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A message from Senator Enzi
 
I started out April in Wyoming welcoming back our National Guard soldiers in Casper. I thank God every day for our service men and women and the great sacrifices they and their families make for our country. I want to thank Vietnam vets for all of their efforts: going to sending the troops off, attending funerals and welcoming troops home. They never got that kind of reception but they are making sure that all of our service men and women today get that kind of a welcome. I also enjoyed spending Easter with my family in Wyoming. It is always a special holiday to celebrate.
 
This past weekend, I hosted my eighth annual Inventors Conference in Gillette. It’s an event that promotes the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit found in Wyoming. Every Wyoming resident has the opportunity to come up with the next big idea! I will be posting the presentations from the conference on my Web site in the coming weeks so that everyone can have access to the important information that was shared this past weekend.
 
In this newsletter, my staff and I have summarized a few of the important issues I have been working on for Wyoming. Thank you for subscribing to my newsletter. More information is available on my Web site. I look forward to hearing from you if you have any questions or comments.
 
Headlines & Highlights
 
Financial Literacy Month
 
On April 15, the Senate unanimously passed a resolution sponsored by Senator Enzi and Senator Daniel K. Akaka, D-Hawaii, designating April as Financial Literacy Month. The resolution raises awareness about the importance of personal financial education and the serious consequences that may result from a lack of understanding about personal finances. Enzi has been a co-sponsor of the resolution since its start in 2003. As the Senate’s only accountant, he recognizes that increasing financial knowledge will help Americans make more informed financial decisions and be better prepared to alleviate difficult financial situations. He encourages Americans to educate themselves in economics, credit and personal finance. He also believes that financial literacy should extend to the federal government as well.
 
"In the 21st century it is essential for individuals to be financially literate. Financial literacy isn’t just about balancing a check book, it is about having all the resources and information to plan your own financial future with full understanding of the risks and rewards. The more importance financial literacy is given – the better off this country will be," said Enzi.
 
On the Horizon
 
Wyoming Office Hours
 
Senator Enzi's five state offices in Cheyenne, Gillette, Casper, Cody and Jackson offer office hours where Wyoming residents have the opportunity to meet with Senator Enzi’s state representatives in his absence. State offices are open Monday-Friday. For contact information, click here.
 
Buffalo – Tuesday, April 27 – City Hall – 8-9 a.m.
Evanston
– Monday, April 26 – Town Hall – 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Medicine Bow – Thursday, May 13 – Senior Center – 10-11 a.m.
Mountain View – Monday, April 26 – Town Hall – 10:30-11:30 p.m.
Rawlins – Thursday, May 13 – Senior Center – 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Saratoga – Wednesday, May 12 – Town Hall – 4-5 p.m.


News Nuggets

Tax Freedom Day
 
This year “Tax Freedom Day,” the day that Americans have finally earned enough money in 2010 to pay their taxes, fell on April 9. This means Americans will work more than three months before they have made enough money to foot the nation’s tax bill for the year. “Tax season is the time of year when Americans are forced to think about how much money they send back to the government. But after the income tax returns are filed is Congress squandering away taxpayer money or using it to make our country stronger? The federal government is currently borrowing about 40 cents out of every dollar it spends. At this rate, America is on a very slippery financial slope. Our current tax and spend approach is unsustainable. It takes three and a half months of work to barely cover Americans’ tax bills and that is simply unacceptable,” Enzi said. “Congress needs to work hard to keep more of people’s paychecks in their pockets.”
                                           
Health care by the numbers
 
At the end of March, President Obama signed the reconciliation health care reform “fix” bill into law. Enzi wants Wyoming residents to understand how the new law and the overall health bill the President signed into law will affect them. Together these two bills mean big changes for Wyoming.
 
Book Recommendation
 
Senator Enzi read the latest book from one of his favorite Wyoming authors C.J. Box called “Nowhere to Run.” It’s the tenth book in the series of novels about a Wyoming game warden named Joe Pickett. Senator Enzi enjoys the Wyoming tie-ins and suggests new readers start the series with the first book and work through them.