The Supplemental Budget Session Blowout

by Maureen Bader
December 18, 2014


Gov. Mead directed that “Department supplemental budget requests are for budget modifications that are emergency in nature.” What does $156.5 million in emergency agency spending look like? Try conference fees and website redesign to start. Seems some agencies missed the memo. Continue reading

Facts Discouraged

by Jason Gay
December 17, 2014


The New York Post declared “2014 is the Year of the Liberal Lie.” In this article, Kyle Smith notes that the truth was optional when it came to Bowe Bergdahl, IRS, Lena Dunham, “Hands up, don’t shoot”, Johnathan Gruber, and … Continue reading

Passing Lanes Unlikely to Reduce Highway Deaths

by Maureen Bader
December 15, 2014


Dying in a car crash is terrible, but while spending more money on roads will allow the governor to appear to be doing something, it is unlikely to make much of a dent in highway fatalities. Continue reading

End Civil Forfeiture in Wyoming

by Steve Klein
December 12, 2014


In October, comedian John Oliver discussed the practice of civil asset forfeiture on his HBO program “Last Week Tonight.” His bit closed with a parody of the show “Law & Order,” featuring a police detective interrogating a pile of money … Continue reading

Raiding the Rainy Day Fund for Political Investments

by Maureen Bader
December 11, 2014


If the governor truly thinks the state has enough saved to cover essential government functions during the inevitable rainy day, a better strategy would be to eliminate other revenue sources, such as the sales tax, and free people to spend on what they think will pay dividends in the future. Continue reading

Overwhelming Debt

by Jason Gay
December 10, 2014


Would you be willing to give 39.7 percent of your paycheck to the federal government? That is what it would cost to fully fund the federal government at its current spending levels if everyone in the U.S. paid at a … Continue reading

Wyoming Agency Will Retain Unconstitutional Personnel Rule

by Steve Klein
December 9, 2014


In late September I submitted comments to the Wyoming Department of Administration and Information (“A&I”) opposing two proposed changes to the State of Wyoming Personnel Rules. My memo discussed two vague and overbroad provisions, one which could lead to unconstitutional … Continue reading

Fast Cash and Campaign Gimmicks: A Lesson from Chicago

by Benjamin Barr
December 8, 2014


As Wyoming and other states consider expanding the reach of campaign finance laws to capture “dark money,” some consideration of what’s happening in Chicago is helpful.  Aggressive campaign finance regulations, touted as combatting corruption, allow for easy manipulation of the … Continue reading

Rainy Day Fund Too Big?

by Maureen Bader
December 5, 2014


Instead of looking for $4.4 million in cuts to the 2015-16 budget, Governor Mead wants to add an additional $156 million in spending by raiding the state’s savings accounts. Wait a minute! Why does the government have such large savings accounts? Continue reading

Net Neutrality: The War on Freedom

by Jason Gay
December 4, 2014


Although not in the news for a while, the efforts to classify internet access as a utility are not nearly as benign as they may first appear. Net Neutrality, the innocuous, misleading name chosen by proponents of internet regulation, remains … Continue reading

The Supplemental Budget Session Blowout

by Maureen Bader
December 18, 2014


Gov. Mead directed that “Department supplemental budget requests are for budget modifications that are emergency in nature.” What does $156.5 million in emergency agency spending look like? Try conference fees and website redesign to start. Seems some agencies missed the memo. Continue reading

Facts Discouraged

by Jason Gay
December 17, 2014


The New York Post declared “2014 is the Year of the Liberal Lie.” In this article, Kyle Smith notes that the truth was optional when it came to Bowe Bergdahl, IRS, Lena Dunham, “Hands up, don’t shoot”, Johnathan Gruber, and … Continue reading

Passing Lanes Unlikely to Reduce Highway Deaths

by Maureen Bader
December 15, 2014


Dying in a car crash is terrible, but while spending more money on roads will allow the governor to appear to be doing something, it is unlikely to make much of a dent in highway fatalities. Continue reading

End Civil Forfeiture in Wyoming

by Steve Klein
December 12, 2014


In October, comedian John Oliver discussed the practice of civil asset forfeiture on his HBO program “Last Week Tonight.” His bit closed with a parody of the show “Law & Order,” featuring a police detective interrogating a pile of money … Continue reading

Raiding the Rainy Day Fund for Political Investments

by Maureen Bader
December 11, 2014


If the governor truly thinks the state has enough saved to cover essential government functions during the inevitable rainy day, a better strategy would be to eliminate other revenue sources, such as the sales tax, and free people to spend on what they think will pay dividends in the future. Continue reading

Overwhelming Debt

by Jason Gay
December 10, 2014


Would you be willing to give 39.7 percent of your paycheck to the federal government? That is what it would cost to fully fund the federal government at its current spending levels if everyone in the U.S. paid at a … Continue reading


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