Who We Are
Welcome to Wyoming Liberty Group, founded in 2008 with the purpose of inviting citizens to prepare for informed, active and confident involvement in local and state government. We provide a venue for understanding public issues in light of constitutional principles and governmental accountability.
We believe in the values of individual dignity and personal liberty. Therefore, we encourage individual responsibility for involvement in public matters. We want to become a foundational influence in state policy research and education, as well as become a source of direct contact between private citizens and public officials.We invite communication and advocacy of first principles and constitutional mandates so as to encourage appreciation of our state constitution and the historical/cultural values that are the very source of our liberty.
We welcome participation in the Wyoming Liberty Group through a range of educational opportunities such as direct membership, on-line forums, volunteer activities and discussions with elected officials as well as other policy professionals. We emphasize that the educational process is not a one-way street because members of the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government need to hear the concerns of private citizens directly. We provide a forum whereby the actual human consequences of the decisions of those in power can be called to account for the public good. Moreover, we value civility and thoughtfulness as deeply as our commitment to transparency in regard to principles and information. We are a non-profit, educational organization that invites everyone concerned about the growth of policies that diminish our liberty to join with us on behalf of the great State of Wyoming.
The Wyoming Liberty Group champions individuals and independent voluntary associations with goals akin to our own. We believe that such associations, sometimes called mediating structures, can often serve both as a buffer and as a conduit between the person and the state, to the edification of each. Reflective, respectful, empirically-oriented communication is our touchstone. Consequently, while we are inclined toward individuals, toward particulars, toward localism, we also assume a respectful versus adversarial stance toward public servants because of our faith in mutual education as a practical grace in civil society. About 180 years ago Alexis de Tocqueville, an astute Frenchman visiting our country, marveled at the habit of Americans to spontaneously form endless numbers of constructive voluntary associations without ever waiting for government directives. At Wyoming Liberty, we see ourselves as participants in this tradition of conjoint, independent endeavors toward a common cherished end, the preservation of freedom.
Wyoming Liberty Group's Latest Blogs
Wyoming Liberty Group's Amy Edmonds speaks with Maureen Bader, WyLibery's Chief Policy Analyst and Communications Director on the Wyoming Taxpayers Protection Pledge. Maureen explains why the Pledge is needed to protect Wyoming taxpayers from tax increases brought on by an overgrown state government and falling minerals revenues.
Boyd Wiggam and Glenn Woods discuss free speech protection for flyers that some people and business sometimes place under automobile windshield wipers and a recent attempt by one Cheyenne City Councilman to prohibit placing flyers (a.k.a. Handbills) on automobiles.
Charlie Katebi spoke about to Glenn Woods on Boldrepublic.com about the problem with drawing people into a poorly run government program. Given the dearth of health care providers in Wyoming, any reduction to Medicaid reimbursements would likely limit health care access. And here the governor wanted to expand Medicaid! Thank goodness the legislature rejected Medicaid expansion.
Maureen Bader and KVOW's John Birbari talk about the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, what it commits candidates to, and who from Fremont County has signed. Given the shortfall in the upcoming biennium, you want to be sure your candidates keep their fingers out of your wallet.
Maureen Bader and Glenn Woods discuss Governor Mead's 8-percent budget cuts, how they do little to shrink the size of government to a level remaining taxpayers can afford, and how citizens can hold candidates accountable in the next election.
Maureen Bader and Glenn Woods discuss the Taxpayers Protection Pledge and how this will help hold politicans accountable after the next election. Wyoming's government bloated up on the back of a minerals tax windfall. That windfall is over. How will the gap between spending and revenue be filled? Find out how you can have a say in that decision.