Wyoming Liberty Group
Boyd Wiggam and Glenn Woods discuss economic liberty and the Transportation Network Companies bill before the Wyoming legislature that would allow internet-based, ride sharing companies like Uber and Lyft to operate in Wyoming.
We have discussed how Wyoming’s alcohol regulatory system limits new small business opportunities without effectively deterring destructive behavior attributable to alcohol. The state rankings of alcohol abuse measured by DUI arrests per capita and binge drinking rate highlight some similar rural states that have combined market-friendly liquor licensing with lower levels of alcohol abuse.
West Virginia and Utah are the only two among the ten most responsible drinking states in both binge-drinking and DUI measures. Wyoming isn’t top ten in either. Unfortunately, Wyoming tops the chart in one category – drunk driving arrests per share of population. Therefore, market-oriented liquor license regulations in West Virginia or Utah do not necessarily lead to more irresponsible or dangerous behavior than exist under Wyoming’s current licensing regime.
Wyoming’s disturbing rate of alcohol-related calamity is no secret. Two ways to measure alcohol abuse among adults are to look at DUI arrests per capita and binge drinking rate. These measures show Wyoming leads the nation in DUI arrests per capita and is in the CDC’s second tier of states (out of three tiers) for binge drinking prevalence. Based on these data points, Wyoming’s system for regulating the alcohol market appears to be ineffective in deterring destructive behavior attributable to alcohol.
by Jason Gay
As we see the Russian bear market develop, there will likely be an effort by some to claim credit and expertise. Most notably, the White House will certainly push the narrative—either overtly or through “authorized leaks”—that the President’s policies have led to the Russian problems and this was the strategic response to the invasion of Ukraine envisioned all along.
Cheyenne is home to one of the last Great American Barber Shops. This is a place where men* can go and not only get a haircut, but discuss important issues such as politics and the merits of Wyoming Whiskey and generally escape the rat race for a while. Indeed, I’ve met retired and current judges, state and local officials and generally interesting Cheyenne folk on my visits, and the setting provides for far more candor than a bar or any other business. Perhaps it’s an unwritten rule that what’s said in the shop stays in the shop, though the barber is happy to pass along what he’s heard to future visitors.
Cheyenne’s garbage collection controversy is yet another example of how a government’s one-size-fits-all solution fails to solve a problem and limits individual freedom.
The problem started when the Cheyenne City Administration notified all residents that the sanitation department would no longer collect trash from containers in alleys. Instead all residents, except those who lived in one select neighborhood, would be required to place trash containers in front of their house. The City Council rejected a resolution to make this change in service back in 2012 so the administration tried to adopt the change without City Council involvement. The administration argued that the change was an operational, not a political, decision but then reversed course.
Recent discussion in our nation’s capital has focused on raising the minimum wage, and any discussion of the minimum wage is accompanied by significant debates by supporters and detractors. Whether or not you support an increase in the minimum wage, it’s important to recognize that there are undeniable facts that are frequently left out of the debate.