Wyoming Liberty Group
Charlie Katebi spoke about to Glenn Woods on Boldrepublic.com about the problem with drawing people into a poorly run government program. Given the dearth of health care providers in Wyoming, any reduction to Medicaid reimbursements would likely limit health care access. And here the governor wanted to expand Medicaid! Thank goodness the legislature rejected Medicaid expansion.
Amy Edmonds joined John Birbari on KVOW in Riverton to discuss the current state budget crisis and how education spending could play in key role in budget reductions. Education spending has been on the rise for several decades yet student outcomes have not improved significantly.
After months of review and mammoth change, the Wyoming legislature sent Governor Mead’s budget back to him for his signature. When the governor sent it back – signed – it had more line item vetoes than ever before.
Maureen Bader and Glenn Woods discuss the Frugality Scorecard and the results for Campbell County legislators. Although the overall scorecard for Campbell County looks very pink, two very solid frugal legislators, Scott Clem and Roy Edwards, create a strong green-for-good block to the results.
CHEYENNE WY: The Wyoming Liberty Group released the Budget second reading amendment vote scores for Wyoming legislators today. This ranks legislators on frugality as the Wyoming budget moves through the amendment process.
“The Wyoming government’s operational budget has a multi-million dollar deficit and is dipping into the rainy day fund,” said Maureen Bader, WyLiberty economist and study lead. “Which legislators are thrifty and working to bring the budget in line with available funding, and which are pushing the budget over the edge for a deep dive into the rainy day fund? We created this database 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.