Author Archives: Maureen Bader

Internet Sales Tax Grab Dead – For Now

Governments are looking high and low for more ways to take your money. That makes any news about blocking a tax, even temporarily, good news.  House Speaker John Boehner from Ohio announced he would block the senate’s Marketplace Fairness Act, … Continue reading

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Companies Should Pay for their Own Advertising

During a Revenue Committee meeting on November 10, WOT’s executive director, Diane Shober, provided a highly imaginative account of her department’s influence on travel, the economy and tax revenue in Wyoming. Imaginative, because as Representative Michael Madden astutely pointed out, the economic impact methodology used in her exposition has a problem. Continue reading

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Focus Government Spending on Core Functions

It is time to reform the tax system so tax revenue is dedicated to core government functions and all other activities covered by the spreading waistline of government be paid for—in full—by user fees. Continue reading

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Reason, Not Hysteria

WTE published a highly imaginative commentary (Liberty Group threatens state retirement plans). As reported, we had a meeting to discuss the state’s pension funds and broad options for reform. This is where the facts in the commentary end. Continue reading

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Reject the Lodging Tax Grab – Casper Version

The Casper Area Convention and Visitors Bureau is calling for an increase in the lodging tax from 3 to 4 percent. Local governments and their offshoot organizations looking for more money favor higher tourism taxes because many voters seem to … Continue reading

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Reject the Lodging Tax Grab

The Laramie County Commissioners voted to put the continuation of the 4 percent lodging tax on the ballot on November 4th. This is a fairly safe tax for commissioners to support as many voters believe out-of-county, if not out-of-state, visitors … Continue reading

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Pension Reform – Who Controls our Retirement Future?

Talk of pension reform in the government sector starts the usual hand wringing among those who think they know best for everyone else. At the moment, Wyoming’s government signs most of its workers up to a defined benefit pension plan, … Continue reading

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Pension Reform – Time for a Reality Check

Often, government promises create nothing but the illusion of security. Pension promises are a good example. Government has promised to support government workers in their retirement, but because of the fundamental flaws in the government pension system, this promise is an illusion. Continue reading

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The Public Sector Ponzi Plan

While many worry about the legacy of pension debt, the resulting tax hikes and service reductions imperiling future generations, those who oppose pension reform drag out the litany of common, but incorrect, objections to reform. Continue reading

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Personal Attacks Don’t Change Facts

As is often the case, those without a response to an argument resort to ad hominem attacks, as in Rodger McDaniel’s commentary in the Wyoming Tribune Eagle. Former state of Wyoming pensioners must understand that without reform they, like government workers in places such as Pritchard, Alabama, could be left standing at their mailboxes, waiting for a pension check that never arrives. Continue reading

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