Author Archives: Maureen Bader

Capitol Renovation Spending Rides the Runaway Train

The committee must stop this monument to ego and get back to the drawing board so the people of Wyoming get a Capitol they can be proud of, but more importantly, a Capitol they can afford. Continue reading

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Wasting Money on Coal Export Schemes

With mineral tax revenue plummeting, the Wyoming government is madly conjuring up schemes to keep spending at all time highs. One boondoggle approved during the 2015 legislative session involves borrowing money to build a coal terminal on the West Coast … Continue reading

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The Alberta Disadvantage

Let’s face it. There just aren’t enough citizens in either Wyoming or Alberta to maintain a level of government spending based on here today, gone tomorrow minerals tax windfalls. If the Wyoming government continues with failed spending policies, it might want to look in the mirror before it goes the way of the Alberta government. Continue reading

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Beware a Rainy Day Fund Raid

The craving for tax dollars will not be satisfied without fundamental government reform, but appetite reduction does not appear to be on the menu. Without the minerals industry tax windfall, Wyoming voters cannot afford to feed the beast, so be on the lookout for a rainy day fund raid. Continue reading

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Capitol Square Project – A Spending Disaster in the Making

Wyoming’s State Capitol renovation project is in trouble, and spin won’t fix it. That’s why a $200,000, three-year communications contract to a well-known Cheyenne firm to sell the project raised a few eyebrows. Legislators questioned whether the project should even … Continue reading

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Leave Risky Business to Private Investors

The Minerals to Value Added program is a boondoggle that threatens to leave Wyoming families with a legacy of debt and higher taxes Continue reading

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Tax Reform a Better Alternative to Corporate Welfare

A lower, simpler tax system that treats each taxpayer equitably is preferable to government picking winners for special handouts while making losers out of taxpayers. Continue reading

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Wyoming Becomes an Alternative Energy Producer

It is not for state legislators to force Wyoming taxpayers to go on risky adventures with unproven projects people are unwilling to put their own money towards. If legislators were interested in doing more than just appearing to do something, they would get out of the way by reducing regulation and lowering taxes so people are freed to make real investment decisions. Continue reading

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Coal Alchemy and Corporate Welfare

A Wyoming love story For thousands of years, alchemists tried to change base metals into gold. Today, this lofty goal rests unachieved, but its legacy remains. Now, instead of changing lead to gold, crafty alchemists look to change money from … Continue reading

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How Other Spending Obscures Wyoming’s Fiscal Cliff

Wyoming’s budgeting process is extremely complicated and these complications could lead us blindly off the fiscal cliff. It is time for Wyoming to bring its spending in line with taxpayer’s ability to pay. Continue reading

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