As we get closer to the 2017 legislative session, the budget-deficit discussion rapidly intensifies. So far, though, it has not focused squarely on the deficit itself, but rather various variables that perhaps, maybe, hopefully could catapult the state's finances across the deficit dungeon and onto solid revenue ground again.
One of the variables that seems to attract the most interest is a rebound in coal production. This is entirely understandable: coal has for a very long time been a very important product in the Wyoming economy, and a critical revenue producer for the state government.
Today the Casper Star Tribune throws more coal into the engine that drives the rebound hope, boldly reporting that coal is "determined ro rally":