Author Archives: Maureen Bader

Will a Multi-Million Dollar Man Stop the Muddle?

As dreams of palaces turn into nightmares, Wyoming’s Capitol renovation project muddles along to fiscal disaster. After paying millions to design and architectural consultants and having state employees work on the project for more than a year, the committee has … Continue reading

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Derailing the Runaway Renovation

To ensure our children and grandchildren are free from a legacy of debt and higher taxes as a result of Capitol Renovation overdrive, the Oversight committee must excise all palatial visions and get back to the basic renovation originally proposed. The people of Wyoming cannot afford to fund a monument to the egos of some legislators. Continue reading

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Capitol Reno Budget Dashes Out of Control

With no final design in sight and visions of palaces dancing in legislator’s heads, the Capitol reconstruction project is now $1 million over budget. St. Nicholas’s sleigh may be full of toys but what he seems to be leaving the … Continue reading

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Canada – A Health Care Utopia?

Imagine being told by your doctor that you are too young for a knee replacement or even worse, waiting so long for bariatric surgery that you die. If you think this could never happen, think again. Continue reading

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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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