Wyoming Liberty Group
- Who shall be holed-up?
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department begins its budgeting process every March when the department’s commission gets a look at its budget wish list for the next year. This March, the Game and Fish Department slaughtered a number of popular spending items seemingly designed to create the greatest amount of outcry among vested interests, and also put off other spending until later. While the budget might be lower now, with cuts like these, it won’t be for long. Instead of permanently reducing the burden of the Game and Fish Department’s operations on hunters and taxpayers, we are seeing a Wyoming version of cancelled White House tours.
The more the federal deficit grows, the closer we get to an untenable situation where panic will drive policy and stabilizing, long-term solutions will fall off the political radar screen. We still have time to design a pathway out of our costly welfare state without paying the price of panic and austerity that the Europeans are currently dealing with.
The 2013 General Session came to a rather abrupt close last Wednesday as the gavel fell and lawmakers cleared out their desks to head home. While the dust settles from the 36 day sojourn by legislators in the capitol city, many are searching this session’s artifacts like archeologists pouring over a new pictograph to uncover the message. Increasing taxes, talking about guns (or in the Senate’s case, not talking about guns), the lottery bill and an 80-page supplemental budget bill were all on the agenda.
The 2013 General Session of the Wyoming Legislature winds down this week. Today is the final day for third reading of bills, marking the end of floor work and the beginning of a long and boring wait for lawmakers. The usual end-of-the-session lag of conference committee reports and concurrence votes signify the last hours of work before the session is adjourned, our part-time legislators spill out to head home, and the House and Senate chambers sit empty once again.
As our state legislators get ready to wrap up the 2013 session and eyes are wandering off to the 2014 budget session, there are whispers around the state capitol that we might have more money to spend next year. A couple of years ago such whispers would have been a source of concern that state spending was once again going to grow out of control, but not now.
Well folks, the Wyoming Legislature is currently in the process of amending the Supplemental budget. German statesman Otto von Bismarck said “laws are like sausage, it is better not to see them being made.” He wasn’t far from the mark. Budget bills are laws, even if they are only temporary, and drafting them is a terribly messy process. But anyone paying attention to the long and tedious process of debating through 72 budget amendments in one day will also receive a lesson in perseverance.