Wyoming Liberty Group
Every year, Wyoming taxpayers spend hundreds of millions of dollars on Medicaid. Yet we have little to say in its management. The federal government mandates who Medicaid covers, what it pays for, and how it pays doctors. Because of all these mandates, Medicaid has grown too large and cumbersome to ensure patients have reliable access to quality healthcare.
In March of 2010, Congress rushed to pass a massive unread bill titled, "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act," aka Obamacare. Now at the sixth anniversary of Obamacare we ask, "Has this legislation in fact protected patients, and has it proved to be affordable?" Here are six examples of promises Obamacare has broken:
CHEYENNE WY: The Wyoming Liberty Group released the Budget second reading amendment vote scores for Wyoming legislators today. This ranks legislators on frugality as the Wyoming budget moves through the amendment process.
“The Wyoming government’s operational budget has a multi-million dollar deficit and is dipping into the rainy day fund,” said Maureen Bader, WyLiberty economist and study lead. “Which legislators are thrifty and working to bring the budget in line with available funding, and which are pushing the budget over the edge for a deep dive into the rainy day fund? We created this database to find out.”
Wyoming Voters Say Individuals Make Better Spending Decisions than Government
The Wyoming government depends overwhelmingly on the minerals industry to fund its activities. The minerals industry, however, is a source of cyclical revenue; when revenues rise, so does government spending and hording. When revenues fall, politicians look to alternative sources of revenues to maintain spending levels. However, as the non mineral industry taxpaying population of Wyoming is unable to fund the shortfall, government has turned to corporate welfare, handing out unique benefits to specific companies or industries in the hope of increasing tax revenue.
The Wyoming Legislature is considering a bill to increase the governor’s authority over the Wyoming National Guard. The proposed change would permit the governor authority to order members of the Guard to involuntarily “perform any duty authorized under Title 32 of the United States Code.” Support of the legislation is apparently founded on at least one of two concepts: (1) the governor should have this power, and (2) employers may take adverse action against Guard personnel who volunteer, but cannot fire, suspend or deny Guardsmen pay increases if they are involuntarily called up.