Wyoming Liberty Group
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?
Those calling for smaller, less wasteful and more accountable government understand that government must fund its core functions with some tax or another. But how do we prevent government from using excess tax revenue to spread its dead hand to activities better provided by the private sector? The recent renewal of the optional one-cent tax in Natrona county shows this may be neigh impossible unless citizens wake up to the problem. Perhaps it is time to reform the tax system so tax revenue is dedicated to core government functions and all other activities covered by the spreading waistline of government be paid for—in full—by user fees.
This letter to the editor was published in the Wyoming Tribune Eagle on November 4, 2014 under the title, Commentary on pension meeting wasn’t truthful
WTE published a highly imaginative commentary (Liberty Group threatens state retirement plans) on Saturday [October 18, 2014]. As reported, we had a meeting to discuss the state’s pension funds and broad options for reform. This is where the facts in the commentary end. We happily obliged one firefighter and his representative and included them in our meeting. They chose to stay for the first half hour of the day-long meeting. Had they stayed longer, they would have perhaps understood the nature of pension reform and made fewer errors in the commentary.
The Laramie County Commissioners voted to put the continuation of the 4 percent lodging tax on the ballot on November 4th. This is a fairly safe tax for commissioners to support as many voters believe out-of-county, if not out-of-state, visitors pay it.
There is, however, no evidence to support this belief. But whether county or state residents are paying the tab or not, the reality is that money is going to fund a government program instead of paying for food, clothing or other travel related services provided by the private sector.
Imagine living in a place where anyone can have anything they want by just wishing for it. If one wants a house, one imagines a house—and poof—it appears. But scarcity is the basis for an economic system, thus in a place with no scarcity, people have no needs. In a place where people have what looks like every material need by just wishing for it, they have no need to work, no need to cooperate with other people, and as a result, being naturally quarrelsome, people tend to live farther and farther apart.