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Wyoming Businessman & Philanthropist

Foster Friess is a first-generation college graduate. His mother dropped out of school in the eighth grade to pick cotton in order to save the family farm in Texas. His father dealt cattle and horses. For over a quarter of a century, Foster and Lynn have raised their family and built their business in Wyoming. Now Foster’s running to serve the people of the Cowboy State.

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As governor, I will work to diversify and grow our economy, stabilize the budget, enhance our educational system, and in the process keep the federal government out of our way.

I humbly ask for your vote.

The primary role of the government is to create a conducive environment in terms of taxation, infrastructure, and education so that the private sector is encouraged to develop and create the high paying jobs for Wyoming families.

With 40 years of business experience, I have the unique opportunity to attract new businesses from all over the world to Wyoming and help existing Wyoming businesses expand.

By diversifying, we will supplement core industries:

  • Energy
  • Tourism
  • Agriculture
  • Along with new industries looking for affordable energy.

While extending efforts to diversify our economy, we cannot lose sight of the importance of our key industries, primarily oil and gas, which generate such a huge percentage of our revenues. Our first focus should be to make sure that it is enhanced and nurtured by making their activity to drill and produce easier.

Taking the mineral industry’s share of the state’s revenue from 70 percent to 80 percent would require less effort than trying to get an extra 10 percent from new businesses.

In order to take the boom/bust phenomena out of our budget we simply budget for the low periods, and when the boom period comes along we put the money into a “rainy day fund.”

Managing over $15 billion was not a one-man job and neither is being Governor. Together, we will empower each part of the state to pursue their community’s economic visions by:

  • Improving our state’s infrastructure
  • Expanding access to high-speed internet
  • Fast-tracking “shovel-ready” sites — Tom Lubnau, Speaker of the Wyoming House of Representatives suggests “pre-permitting” sites. So, permits could be issues in 24 hours for new investors.
  • Promoting vocational training and apprenticeships

Our number one focus has to be on creating a pro-business, pro-job environment.

Our state budget is closely tied to how well our businesses do. Improved performance provides more tax revenue. This allows our state to continue to:

  • Update infrastructure
  • Adequately fund education
  • Provide critical services (i.e. fire and police departments, public streets, schools, transportation, utilities, etc.) without enacting an income or corporate tax.

Oil, gas, and coal remain critical parts of our state’s economy. Our state’s budget is intricately tied to their success, generating 70 percent of the state’s total revenue. Oil and natural gas will grow if more public lands are opened up for responsible mineral development.

The coal industry needs to continue its work on clean coal technology and a key priority is to open up a port on the west coast for exporting coal to Asia.  Longview Washington has an effort to try to make that happen which we should support.

The free enterprise system can and will solve many problems. With public/private programs such as the Carbon X-Prize and The School of Energy Resources at the University of Wyoming, we’re already on our way to the next generation of Wyoming energy.

While managing over $15 billion dollars, I knew where every dollar went. In order to stabilize and streamline the state budget, we have to know where your tax dollars are going. As Governor, I will work with the legislature to have Wyoming open the books and join the 47 other states that have full transparency. We will stop the practice of no-bid contracts and instead decide what spending is “necessary” and what is “nice.”

Wyoming’s education system has been a point of pride for decades. Last year, Education Week ranked Wyoming the 7th best state in the country. Continuing that tradition is absolutely critical to a prosperous future.

I stand on the shoulders of my grade school teachers, the most important part of our educational system. We have to ensure as much of the taxpayer dollars are going towards our teachers and our students as possible. A school without great teachers is akin to a beautiful hospital with no doctors.

Part of attracting high paying jobs to Wyoming is a world-class educational system, from K-12 to our vocational schools and colleges. The legislature’s decision to add Computer Science to the required curriculum this year is the perfect example. Having young coders and engineers will provide the well-educated workforce modern companies are looking for.

As Governor, I will work to match our world-class colleges and vocational centers with businesses to create programs to complement their specific needs.
Our state has lost 60 percent of its 18 to 25-year-olds. Our resources are exported to other states and along with them, our kids, and their jobs.

As Governor, I’ll put Wyoming first. Together, let’s give our young people a reason to stay in the great state of Wyoming, to work and raise their families here!

Foster’s Calendar

Come meet Foster as he travels across The Cowboy State

july, 2018

23jul6:30 pm8:00 pmMeet the Candidates Public Forum6:30 pm - 8:00 pm MST Thermopolis Middle School Commons, 1450 Valley View Dr

24jul8:00 am2:00 pmBig Horn County Republicans Candidate Forum8:00 am - 2:00 pm MST Greybull Senior Center, 417 S 2nd St

26jul8:00 am9:30 amFeaturedCheyenne Faith & Family Breakfast with Rick Santorum8:00 am - 9:30 am MST House Party, 2431 Painted Horse Trail

26jul5:30 pm6:30 pmFeaturedCasper Faith and Family dinner with Rick Santorum5:30 pm - 6:30 pm MST Warbirds Hanger, 8220 Fuller st.

27jul8:30 am9:30 amFeaturedGillette Faith and Family Breakfast with Rick Santorum8:30 am - 9:30 am MST Prime Rib, 1205 S Douglas Hwy

27jul12:00 pm1:00 pmFeaturedEvanston Faith and Family Lunch With Rick Santorum12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MST House Party, 2431 Painted Horse Trail

28jul10:00 amRed Desert Rodeo Roundup Rodeo10:00 am MST Court House

28jul10:00 am11:00 amPark county fair parade10:00 am - 11:00 am MST Park street

31jul6:00 pm7:30 pmBridger Valley Chamber of Commerce Candidate's Forum6:00 pm - 7:30 pm MST Lyman Town Hall, 100 E Sage St

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