Wyoming Liberty Group
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal talks to Doug Randall on KGAB about the need to shrink the size of government to grow the private economy and put the state’s fiscal house in order. November 9, 2015
Governments are looking high and low for more ways to take your money. That makes any news about blocking a tax, even temporarily, good news. House Speaker John Boehner from Ohio announced he would block the senate’s Marketplace Fairness Act, otherwise knows as the Internet Retail Sales tax, sponsored by our very own Senator Enzi, among others. This tax would force retailers to charge sales tax to out-of-state online purchasers and then remit the tax to the state where the purchaser lives.
Cheyenne: Wyoming’s Congressional delegation opposed the Dept. of Energy’s $535 million loan to California solar-panel manufacturer Solyndra – a loan which Solyndra defaulted on in 2011. The delegation must take the same stand against similar loans to companies in Wyoming, said the Wyoming Liberty Group today.
Recent discussion in our nation’s capital has focused on raising the minimum wage, and any discussion of the minimum wage is accompanied by significant debates by supporters and detractors. Whether or not you support an increase in the minimum wage, it’s important to recognize that there are undeniable facts that are frequently left out of the debate.
In 2009 President Obama pressed for an overhaul of our health care system using the plight of millions of uninsured people as a condition requiring action. While pushing for passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the ACA or “Obamacare”) the discussion focused regularly on the uninsured as though these people were unable to obtain health care because of their status. In fact, we were supposed to understand that these uninsured individuals were an unfortunate lot that could not obtain insurance through no fault of their own. All though the number 45 million was popular at the time, we learned that the actual number of uninsured citizens who did not have insurance but would like to have coverage was approximately 11 million.
In today’s State of the State address, Wyoming Governor Matt Mead repeated the list of accolades the State of Wyoming received from a variety of organizations such as the Tax Foundation to conclude that the state of the state is strong. However, no matter how much better Wyoming performs when compared to other states, state revenue is stagnating. Now, instead of continuing his past, at least nominal, focus on budget cuts, the governor proposes to increase the cost of government using short term revenue gains.
Whether green energy efforts go bankrupt or have unintended lethal consequences for wildlife, green energy efforts have seen significant struggles. To aid these companies in a market that would see them fail of their own accord, the federal government now allows wind turbines to kill protected species and has been using your tax dollars to guarantee loans for green energy research. Wind turbines in Wyoming will not have to worry about additional fines for killing eagles while the industry searches for a solution. Major media outlets do not generally cover the widespread failure of these efforts, and a recent piece on “60 Minutes” may provide the answer as to why that is.