Author Archives: Sven Larson

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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Wyoming Squanders Economic Advantages

In my blog Wyoming the High-Tax State I explained that our state is by no means the low-tax paradise it is sometimes portrayed as. With a top-four national ranking for state and local taxes in 2011, Wyoming has effectively squandered … Continue reading

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Wyoming the High-Tax State

The Tax Foundation’s ranking is more symbolic than grounded in economic reality. It fails to communicate the real burden of taxes, artificially favoring states with no income taxes. Continue reading

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Recognizing Wyoming’s Stagnant Economy

Once again the Wyoming Liberty Group has been ahead of the curve. For more than six months now I have explained, from a variety of angles, that the Wyoming economy is nowhere near a recovery. Now, finally, the Wyoming State … Continue reading

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