Author Archives: Maureen Bader

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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Skyrocketing Pension Costs Mean Higher Taxes or Fewer Services

More tax dollars go into the state’s plan than the tax paid into the general fund by the minerals industry—the severance tax. Which new taxes will be imposed on unsuspecting Wyomingites to pay for someone else’s retirement? Continue reading

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Wyoming’s Pension Plans – Objections to Reform

Few people understand how the state pension system works but objections to reform are legion. Even though the type of pension benefit state employees receive has virtually disappeared in the private sector, many politicians, bureaucrats and state pension managers seem … Continue reading

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Wyoming’s Pension Plans – Reform, Ruin or Bail Out

The current government pension plan is a legacy from a bygone era, holding a gold-plated promise of retirement security that Bernie Madoff would have been proud of. It is time for pension contribution fairness – bureaucrats must contribute more to their own retirement. Continue reading

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Fuel Poverty – Coming Soon to Wyoming

A quick look at price trends for goods and services reveals a head scratcher. While prices in the private sector tend to fall, prices in government-regulated industries, much like the cost of government itself, tend to rise. Why might that … Continue reading

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