Wyoming Liberty Group
For Immediate Release
Cheyenne, WY, September 14, 2016: OnMessage, Inc. recently conducted a large statewide survey on behalf of the Wyoming Liberty Group. The survey of 600 likely voters was stratified to reflect historic voter trends. The poll focused on the ongoing fiscal challenges facing Wyoming and asked voters to consider a variety of questions centered around possible tax increases, government transparency and waste, health care and education issues.
Several states have been moving their health care systems in a more patient centered direction. Reforms that empower patients to find better value in their health care systems is a win-win scenario for both the patient and taxpayers. Their patients now have both the right information and incentives to find the best health care at the lowest price.
Listen in as Charlie Katebi talks about two such reforms in this week's Wyoming Liberty Group podcast.
Twenty years ago, President Bill Clinton signed welfare reforms into law that revolutionized American anti-poverty policy. Critics warned these changes would cruelly condemn vulnerable families to extreme hardship. But new evidence shows these reforms lifted millions of families out of poverty.
Wyoming’s reform of civil asset forfeiture, which passed unanimously in the 2016 Budget Session, went into effect on July 1. Already, the reform has lived up to its name, which is illustrated by comparing two cash seizure cases—one that began before the reform, and one after.
In the real world, people vote with their feet. Charles Tiebout, an academic, wrote about this basic principle over a half-century ago in 1956 and it still holds true today. Unfortunately, Wyoming law still tries to stop people who wish to opt out of oppressive city regulation by moving just beyond the city limits through archaic statutes which extend the power of the city beyond the actual city limits.The Wyoming legislature has granted cities and towns something called Extraterritorial Jurisdiction. Extraterritorial Jurisdiction is the authority cities and towns have to pass laws that apply to people and property located outside of the city limits or town limits.
We all get the warm fuzzies, don’t we, when the auto mechanic confidently assures us he knows the cause of our car’s clunking, that it can be fixed by end of day and it will only cost a small amount? Sure; but then hope and reality clash when the work starts. Taking a look under the hood, the mechanic decides whatever it is, it’s going to take longer and it’s going to cost more – a lot more.
Has the Wyoming Constitution and a slew of education litigation results from the Wyoming Supreme Court gotten in the way of transformative education in Wyoming? Listen in as Amy Edmonds talks with Bob Nelson, education finance policy analyst and Boyd Wiggam, chief council for the Wyoming Liberty Group as they discuss the Wyoming education system as it stands today. Do we need to do something with the Wyoming Constitution in order to get real reform in education? Has the requirements of litigation in public education really achieved what it said it would? Listen in and find out!