Wyoming Liberty Group
Cleaning up “blighted” property is a popular new trend in Wyoming cities. Local government officials and candidates around the state have joined the anti-blight cause. Unfortunately, proposed solutions could erode property rights, impose high costs on taxpayers, and threaten financial ruin for the very people officials and candidates claim to want to help. Owners and occupants of government-targeted property have reason to worry. Blight designation is largely a subjective matter based on personal preference. One person’s blighted property might be someone else’s home on a responsible budget.
Who ever heard of a football team not improving by competing? Practice makes perfect, but perfect gets better through competition. Competition reveals unknown flaws, generates new ideas and improves execution of old methods. Our K-12 education system needs improvement as Wyoming Liberty Group has written previously. Assuming our schools want to get better, maybe competition is part of the answer.
Testimony before the Wyoming Joint Appropriations Committee, October 24, 2016
Boyd Wiggam and Gary Freeman discussed the Housing Development Toolkit recently published by the White House with a special emphasis on the suggested deregulatory reforms the Toolkit contained that would allow the marketplace, and not regulators, determine housing supply and prices in Wyoming communities with high housing costs.
What do we do when we encounter a luxurious buffet but are on a diet? We carefully take only the permitted amount of each allowed item, right? And then we consciously take a smidgen more of each. Soon the plate is overloaded (and maybe we go back for seconds – or thirds!) Is that what’s happened in Wyoming K-12 education over the last decade?
A slew of legal cases spanning two decades has been the most powerful force in creating Wyoming's K-12 public education system. These cases have led to the "Dictatorial Behemouth" Wyoming now has as it's education system. With court ordered rules and requirements and continual legislative mandates, Wyoming lives under a monster of its own making.
Continuing from Part 1 of their conversation, "Is Education Litigation Getting in the Way of Education?" listen in as Bob Nelson and Boyd Wiggam talk with Amy Edmonds about possible solutions to this behemouth in K-12 education.