Wyoming Liberty Group
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.
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.
When it comes to budget building, actions speak louder than words. Legislators talk about spending restraint, but when they continue to funnel depleting funds at golf courses, you've got to wonder just how serious they are.
From a rainy day fund raid to cutlets to agency budgets, if political will for serious reform remains on the sidelines, look for spenders to call for ‘alternative revenue sources,’ and you know what that means.
Would the federal government ever renege on its promise to continue funding a program? Never, you say? The Wyoming Family Literacy Program at the Community College Commission is a good example of a costly entitlement program that lost its federal funding, leaving the entire tab to the Wyoming taxpayer. But the story gets even worse. This program is a costly duplication of other programs and more, it doesn’t meet its goals. The Joint Appropriations Committee made the right decision when it defunded this program.
Maureen Bader and Gary Freeman talk about who supports Medicaid expansion and the curious case of hidden Capitol cost overruns.
Maureen Bader and Glenn Woods discuss who voted to keep Medicaid expansion in the Wyoming budget and the vote to bury Capitol Renovation cost overruns in another agency budget.