Wyoming Liberty Group
For four years, supporters of Medicaid expansion urged our elected representatives to permanently commit Wyoming to this entitlement program. And for the fourth year in a row, Wyoming’s Joint Appropriations Committee, or JAC, responded with a resounding “No.”
The Veil of Secrecy is Drawn
When visions of Taj Mahals at the Wyoming Capitol are coupled with state revenues tumbling into the abyss, count on some Wyoming legislators to figure out how to keep on spending. One creative solution is to hide escalating costs in other agency budgets. But burying spending takes the Capitol renovation project in the wrong direction. Instead of creating a legacy debt and higher taxes, the Capitol project must remain transparent and be brought back to a basic renovation, one that Wyoming taxpayers can afford.
CHEYENNE, WY: The Wyoming Liberty Group applauds Wyoming’s Joint Appropriation Committee’s removal of Medicaid Expansion from the Wyoming budget. WyLiberty has released Medicaid Expansion: Myths and Realities today, which debunks the most popular myths used by Governor Matt Mead to support Medicaid Expansion.
Powering through savings won’t save the state
Wyoming’s Consensus Revenue Estimating Group presented its January forecast update this week. The update shows a continued fall in minerals revenue. No surprise, and given the current situation, expect more of the same as Wyoming’s budget session kicks into gear.
Current budget draws school Rainy Day Fund down to zero
All the hand wringing about the budget shortfall so far has focused on spend-as-usual government operations paid for with funds from traditional state spending accounts and augmented by a Rainy Day Fund raid. But the state has other accounts with an even bigger and more immediate problem: the K-12 education accounts. These accounts, just like the traditional accounts, are running short of cash. Governor Mead’s solution to the 2017-18 shortfall is to—wait for it—raid the school Rainy Day Fund!
Charlie Katebi spoke with Doug Randall on KGAB to discuss Governor Matt Mead’s dubious proposal to expand Medicaid in order to “save” Wyoming taxpayers money.