Author Archives: Maureen Bader

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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Data Centers Threaten to Doom Families to Fuel Poverty

Corporate welfare violates the Wyoming Constitution. Data Center tax breaks cost taxpayers more than $500,000 per job. Higher electricity demand could send electricity rates skyward. Instead of picking winners and losers, the government should reduce taxes for all companies and … Continue reading

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Removing Coal from the Energy Mix

The consequence for your electricity bill.  In 2013, President Obama’s Climate Action Plan laid out a plan to make the U.S. a leader in the effort to address global climate change. In June 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated … Continue reading

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Data Center Electricity Demand

Given the current federal government policy of making electricity more expensive for families trying to heat their homes and cook their food, the last thing Wyoming needs are energy hogs. Government must stop bribing data centers to come to Wyoming. Continue reading

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Slush Funds Splash Subsidies on Data Centers

When politicians start talking about economic diversification, hold onto your wallet because this talk is merely government-speak for corporate welfare. Corporate welfare allows politicians to provide a unique benefit to a specific company or industry under the guise of doing something for the economy. Continue reading

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How to Stop the Fishy Spending Spiral

Wyoming Senator Bruce Burns highlighted the obvious—the reason G&F does what it does is because legislation makes it so. Within the obvious we find the answer to our problem: to reel in spending at G&F, legislators they must amend the legislation under which G&F operates. By showing political will, legislators can control mandate creep and bring spending under control. Continue reading

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Recalculating Education Governance

Instead of looking for ways to further centralize and make the system more accountable to government, it is time to decentralize and return accountability to where it belongs: to parents and teachers. Continue reading

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