Wyoming Liberty Group
by Jason Gay
The Wyoming Telecommunications Act of 1995 sunsets July 1, 2015. The Joint Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions Committee faces the decision to either let the Act sunset, draft legislation to extend the Act, or rewrite/revise the Act before submitting its recommendation to the Legislature. There are important issues, both within our state and nationally, which must be considered as part of this deliberative process.
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.
- Time to add some drag to the line
The Game and Fish (G&F) department provides us with a cautionary tale about what happens when an agency’s mandate creeps from “the protection, propagation, preservation and distribution of Game animals, birds and fish of this State,” to “conserving wildlife—serving people,” which could mean pretty much anything—and it does. The G&F department hasn’t seen a mandate it can’t assume, or a cost it can’t increase. How do we reel in spending at G&F?
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.
- Reform means higher retirement income and greater security for retirees.
- The creation of an asset that can be passed on to children and grandchildren.
- A way to eliminate unfunded liabilities for taxpayers.
- Time for Wyoming’s legislature to show leadership
Among all the talk of spending or saving the smidgen of extra money Wyoming’s government thinks it has, the concept of leaving it in the pockets of the people who earned it seems forgotten. During the Wyoming 2015-16 budget session, members of the Travel, Recreation, Wildlife & Cultural Resources committee had the opportunity to remember this option, and they did. Now it’s time for the entire legislature to do the same.