Wyoming Liberty Group
Maureen Bader talks to John Birbari on KVOW Riverton Radio about Wyoming's spending blowout to buy your votes. Now that minerals industry revenue is on the decline, politiicans are scrambling around to find a way to maintain the illusion of free stuff. But instead of asking "who" will pay for it all, we need to start looking at "what" we are paying for. Politicians can always come up with an answer for "who" but the results are unlikely to pan out. Find out why in this interview.
Maureen Bader joins John Birbari on KVOW Riverton Radio to discuss Wyoming's Capital Construction budget, how some politicians seem to think providing employment opportunities for the construction industry is a role of government, and what some people are trying to do to rein in the out-of-control spending on construction.
The Wyoming budget was broken up into a number of parts. In addition to the general appropriations bill we also had the State Capital Construction Bill and the Local Government aid bills. None of these other bills have gone to the governor yet.
How has the entire budget changed as it moved through the budget session and how has that effected the rainy day fund raid and the need to steal from future generations?
Maureen Bader and Gary Freeman talk about the Wyoming Frugality Scorecard and whether Laramie County legislators voted for a bigger rainy day fund raid or to reduce the rainy day fund raid now in the Wyoming budget.
Will Wyoming legislators work to reduce the rainy day fund raid - or not? And what else about the amendment process creates concerns? 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.
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.