Author Archives: Sven Larson

Mandatory Benevolence: The Growing Push for Paid Sick Leave

In an editorial from October 24, the Casper Star Tribune attacks alleged wage discrimination. Citing statistics that women in general earn less than men, the newspaper predictably calls for more government intervention as the universal solution. That solution, says the Tribune, … Continue reading

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Ebola, Government and Health Care

When government asks people to trust it, and then fails to provide that trust, even Ebola can slip through the cracks of the crumbling tax-funded promises. Continue reading

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Gainful Employment Regulations Hurt Private Colleges

Ever since John Kenneth Galbraith published The Affluent Society in 1958, American liberals have been striving to build a full-fledged European welfare state in America. President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society program was inspired by the same ambitions to socially and … Continue reading

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There Is No Income Inequality

Let us make one thing clear right now: there is no such thing as income “inequality”. There are income differences, but no income “inequalities”. The very term “inequality” has been constructed to imply a moral content in differences between people’s … Continue reading

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A Bold Vision for Wyoming

As shown by the latest state expenditure report from the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO), states are slowly becoming more dependent on the federal government for their revenues. Over time this erodes the independence of the states, slowly … Continue reading

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The Growing American Welfare State

In my first installment on state spending I reported that during the recession states have grown notably more dependent on the federal government. In 2008, the states got just over 26 percent of all their revenue from federal funds; in … Continue reading

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States Grow More Dependent on Federal Funds

More than five years ago I warned about how the states are growing dangerously dependent on money from the federal government: These state–federal joint ventures create a number of problems. They make it difficult for voters to hold the President, … Continue reading

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Governor Mead’s Budget Report – A Reality Check

The Wyoming Liberty Group expressed its dismay at Governor Mead’s budget presentation to the Appropriations Committee today. “Wyoming is actually a high tax state,” said Dr. Sven Larson, Wyoming Liberty Group economist. Continue reading

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The Black Coats of Death Care

Every Democrat presidential candidate since at least Michael Dukakis has advocated a single-payer health care system in one form or another.[i] While the Affordable Care Act is technically not a single-payer model, it takes a couple of steps in that … Continue reading

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Governor Mead’s Budget Report – A Reality Check

Governor Mead’s responsibility is to present the economic challenges that our state faces. Because he omitted these challenges, Wyoming Liberty Group has performed a reality check of his budget report. Continue reading

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