Wyoming Liberty Group
Maureen Bader and Chuck Gray discuss Governor Mead’s Business Forum in Cheyenne this week and the legislative panel’s discussion of possible strategies to deal with the budget deficit. From raiding the Rainy Day Fund to digging holes and filling them up again, our elected officials skirt around the need for fundamental reform. November 18, 2015
The state of Wyoming earmarks tobacco settlement funds to certain programs — and guess what. The programs cost more than the revenue they receive. As you might expect, the knee jerk reaction to this is to raise tobacco taxes to cover the shortfall. But let’s take a closer look.
Amy Edmonds and Chuck Gray discuss whether the supplemental budget violates the Wyoming Constitution by going beyond, way beyond, covering the ordinary expenses of the state, on KVOC. November 4, 2015
Maureen Bader and John Birbari talk about Wyoming Governor Mead’s upcoming budget and where to weed out the waste to ensure we do not dig into the state’s legacy savings. October 29, 2015
Governor Mead announced he will cut approximately $200 million from the current fiscal year’s spending. This apparent burst of fiscal conservatism came as a result of a clause in the 2014 budget bill directing the governor to review agency budgets and reduce them if it looks like the fall in tax revenue will result in a deficit. Revenue has been on a downswing for a year now, but Governor Mead’s main solutions will only dig a deeper fiscal hole.
Maureen Bader and Gary Freeman talk about Governor Mead’s $200 million budget cut the revenue shortfall and one area to cut from government that appeals to potential voters, corporate welfare. October 9, 2015