Wyoming Liberty Group
By Bradley Harrington
Published in the Wyoming Tribune Eagle on September 26, 2014
"As government expands, liberty contracts." - Ronald Reagan, "Farewell Address," 1989
Having scrapped plans earlier this year to fill Cheyenne's "hole" with a children's museum based on a lease agreement that violated Wyoming statutes, it now seems that city and museum planners have figured out a way around that obstacle after all:
This is a long blog, but it is a story that needs to be told. It is highly relevant for the current debate here in Wyoming about Medicaid expansion. If we think of Medicaid as a government promise - and it is reasonable to do so - then any reductions in Medicaid in the future will break that promise.
The latest employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics confirms that Wyoming is part of the national recovery. It was not until this past summer that there were clear and indisputable signs of a recovery in our state, but it looks like the national economic rebound has brought Wyoming onboard for the long haul.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics has released its preliminary employment numbers for October 2014. It is good news for all Americans except those in Alaska: compared to October 2013 only the Frontier State has lost jobs. All other states added jobs.
Governments are looking high and low for more ways to take your money. That makes any news about blocking a tax, even temporarily, good news. House Speaker John Boehner from Ohio announced he would block the senate’s Marketplace Fairness Act, otherwise knows as the Internet Retail Sales tax, sponsored by our very own Senator Enzi, among others. This tax would force retailers to charge sales tax to out-of-state online purchasers and then remit the tax to the state where the purchaser lives.
Millions of people travel to—and in—Wyoming every year: some for work, some for pleasure, and some just because it takes a long time to get places in such a large state. All these travelers spend billions of dollars in Wyoming.
How big a part does tourism play in total travel and how important is the Wyoming Department of Tourism (WOT) in all this?
Last week I presented three criteria by which to determine whether or not government spending programs can be realistically privatized. These criteria came in the form of three questions that concentrate entirely on the economic aspects of privatization; whatever legal hurdles may lie in the way of successful privatization I will gladly leave to the legal experts to sort out.