Thank you for printing Sen. Kinskey’s budgetary process explanation. It’s interesting to note that he serves on the Appropriations Committee and is “responsible for the WY Dept. of Education and all K-12 funding.” As such, Sen. Kinskey has some MORE explaining to do, more specifically his vote AGAINST a budget amendment that would restrict the use of state, federal, and other funds that support “GENDER STUDIES” programs at UW.
What does the “Gender Studies” degree program entail? According to the department website, the program centers around “gender identities as they intersect with other social constructs” and trains students in “intersectional, interdisciplinary feminist and queer analysis.” UW also offers a minor in “QUEER STUDIES” based on LGBT ideology that instructs students in “the social construction of sexuality” and “recognizes competency in gender identities.” They also offer a graduate minor in Women’s Studies that, “provides advanced Feminist training.”
Johnson County residents, our state Senator Dave Kinskey voted with the two democratic senators and eleven REPUBLICAN senators (largely from Natrona, Laramie, Park, and Campbell counties) to continue providing funding for a program that, according to Sen Cheri Steinmetz (the amendment sponsor) “is training activists with taxpayer money.”
The budget amendment passed by a vote of 16-14; however, it’s not a done deal. There is no guarantee that lawmakers will include the amendment in the final state budget. The WY house failed to pass a similar measure and differences in budgets from the two chambers are usually reconciled in committee and that could put the amendment on the chopping block.
What can you do? Use the email that Sen. Kinskey provided in his article -Dave.Kinskey@wyoleg.gov -and make your voice heard or call his office at (307)751-6428. Johnson County residents deserve representatives that champion Johnson County values.
Still think the concern about CRT in “imaginary,” Buffalo Bulletin?