Wyoming Liberty Group

We here at the Wyoming Liberty Group strive to bring you the latest information. Please enjoy the blogs and comment on them often.

Wyoming Budget Legacy: Debt and Higher Taxes

Most homeowners seem to understand that if they make long term spending decisions based on windfall revenue, they could lose their homes. Most politicians seem to understand that if they make long term spending decisions based on windfall revenue, they’ll get re-elected. In Gov. Mead’s something for everyone 2015-16 biennial budget, most of the revenue used to fund spending increases is coming from capital gains.

Continue reading
0 Comments

Governor Mead’s Budget Report – A Reality Check

In his budget for the upcoming legislative session, Governor Mead goes to great lengths to paint the Wyoming economy in rosy colors. Here is an excerpt:

Two years ago, Wyoming received Standard & Poor’s highest credit rating – at a time when many states and the nation were in declining financial circumstances. Wyoming has retained this AAA rating and, in the last three years, has garnered other top national rankings as well. For example, Wyoming has been named the 4th fastest growing state, has ranked as the number 1 or number 2 best run state … This year, the accolades continue with Wyoming’s repeat ranking as number 1 among the states for its business friendly tax climate … .

Continue reading
0 Comments

Pension-Plan Paradox

Beneficiaries of Wyoming’s state pension plans received big promises from politicians who don’t seem to have put much thought into how to pay for those promises. With state pension liabilities still rising, Wyoming’s legislature is looking at another tweak to the state’s pension plans. Without substantial reform, however, another quick fix is likely to leave both pensioners and taxpayers at risk.

Continue reading
0 Comments

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 Economic Analysis Division is beginning to shed some light on the same problems.

Continue reading
0 Comments

From Greece to Wyoming, Part 1

As much as we may wish for it, Wyoming is not an isolated island in a global sea of economic and political turmoil. We are affected, sometimes brutally, not only by what happens in the rest of the country, but overseas as well.

Continue reading
0 Comments

Public Burdened by Government Employment

When government at any level begins discussing budget cuts, we in the private sector soon find ourselves facing a barrage of stories discussing the layoffs that will result. Interestingly enough, when government increases spending we seldom see a discussion of the cost to citizens of increasing the size of the government payroll.

Continue reading
0 Comments

Local Governments Miscalculate Employee Pay

Both the City of Cheyenne and Laramie County governments have prioritized government worker pay hikes in this year’s budget. Both governments are rationalizing prospective hikes with employee pay studies, but these studies seem to be undervaluing, or leaving out altogether, the cost of benefits.

Continue reading
0 Comments
Search - Ohanah
Search - Tags
Search - Categories
Search - Contacts
Search - Content
Search - News Feeds
Search - Web Links
Search - Events
Search - Blog

Blog Post Calendar

Wait a minute, while we are rendering the calendar

tax button front