Wyoming Liberty Group
On Tuesday, February 9, the Supreme Court stayed the Clean Power Plan (CPP), much to everyone's surprise. The Supreme Court issued a terse order, less than a page long. It gave no explanation and no indication of the thinking of the five Justices who voted for the stay. The Supreme Court has never before granted a stay of any federal regulation while it was under review by a lower court. What are the implications for Wyoming?
Maureen Bader talks about the first round of the Wyoming Legislative Scorecard results. Are Wyoming legislators frugal or profilate? Be sure to listen to find out.
Wyoming's general appropriations budget primarily funds agency spending. To bring agency spending more into line with plummeting revenues, the Joint Appropriations Committee developed a so-called austerity plan. If only. Small cutlets to budget increases won't prevent panic tax hikes. The legislature must not leave a legacy of debt and higher taxes to future generations.
The capital construction part of the Wyoming Budget got its own budget this time. The problem? The state doesn't have enough money to fund the building boondoggle list. What to do? Use the pennies from heaven - those dropped into state coffers from the Abandoned Mine Land Fund. This creates an even bigger problem though. The state lost the AML funds last time for the same type of building boondoggles it plans to use the current AML funds for.
With Wyoming’s traditional funds falling faster than a brakeless coal car on an oily rail, the Joint Appropriations Committee has been scrambling to find money to continue spending on building construction. Then, like pennies from heaven, the state’s federal delegation managed to get the federal government to return the Abandoned Mine Land (AML) funds it slipped into its pocket to fuel its own runaway spending.
Charlie Katebi and Gary Freeman discuss Governor Matt Mead’s latest attempt to expand Medicaid and why it’s bad for patients and taxpayers.