Wyoming Liberty Group
It is not a wonder the state is chugging towards the fiscal cliff with $300 million boondoggles like the Capitol renovation project riding the runaway train. With the final design still not approved and wild accusations flying around the committee room, this done deal is a good example of monument building destined to leave a legacy of debt and higher taxes for our children and grandchildren.
To spend, perchance to Dream of spending; Aye, there’s the rub.
Wyoming’s government is searching high and low for money for priorities, but just what is top of mind? The government is facing a $222 million budget deficit in the 2015-16 biennium but has money squirreled away in other accounts to contine spending, but on what? Just what are these other accounts? But even more important: why one priority and not another?
Wyoming’s Department of Transportation tells the sorry tale.
“The devil… that proud spirit… cannot endure to be mocked.” – Thomas More
“Artists lie in order to tell the truth. Politicians lie in order to disguise the truth.” – V for Vendetta
What can I say about a television series that largely consists of three men talking to each other and features no sex, no violence, and no rap music? It wouldn’t sell at all. It wouldn’t get on the air, let alone thrive. It certainly wouldn’t last 22 episodes. Nor would it lead to an equally successful sequel.
The trials and tribulations of SF 25, while of less monetary concern than the ethanol bill, matched all the legislative drama and for some legislators took on a more personal tone.
The bill was the product of debates over Wyoming’s antiquated open records statutes. Wyoming’s open records laws, enacted in 1969 as the Wyoming Public Records Act, define what government information is accessible to the public. Recent court battles over the definition of the law highlighted the need for revisions to the existing statutes. During last year’s interim, legislators requested representatives of Wyoming’s media and local government lobbying interests come together and craft a compromise bill both sides could live with.
On December 17th, Muhammad Bouazizi set himself on fire in the main square of Sidi Bouzid to protest his frustration at Tunisia’s oppressive economic regulation. In doing so, he sparked the Jasmine Revolution. It toppled Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali and has severely shaken Muammar Gadaffi of Lybia. So far Gadaffi’s main accomplishment has been to make Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak look like a statesman for stepping down when he did.