Wyoming Liberty Group
During Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal’s visit to Wyoming in November 2015, he discussed his strategy to put Louisiana’s fiscal house in order. His basic philosophy of government is that we can grow the American economy or we can grow the government economy, we can’t do both. If we want to grow the American economy we must shrink the government economy. This economic growth strategy worked in Louisiana and it will work in the Wyoming too, if given the chance.
Supporters of Medicaid Expansion, including Governor Matt Mead, express an unwavering belief that the federal government will actually fund this entitlement as promised. Yet Washington’s promises often become unfunded mandates. Even before the end of this year it is likely that Congress will cut federal funding for Medicaid Expansion and leave states holding the bag.
Maureen Bader and KFBC’s Julio Rausseo discuss where the Wyoming budget stands at the moment and Governor Mead’s spending wish list. December 9, 2015
A Rainy Day Fund Raid with a Twist of Sour Lime
Wyoming stands at a fork in the road. Throughout the 2000’s, politicians played Santa Claus with a severance tax bonanza. Saving some of that windfall in a variety of savings accounts mitigated this pork-fest.
Now, as the minerals boom turns to bust, many of our elected representatives look covetously at those savings as a way to shield themselves from the difficult choices involved in limiting government to a level remaining taxpayers can afford to fund.
Maureen Bader and KGAB’s Gary Freeman discuss Governor Mead’s budget and the twist on his proposal to raid the Rainy Day Fund. December 4, 2015
Medicaid’s allies are gearing up their expansion drive for the 2016 budget session. As usual, they’re trying to convince Wyomingites that they will save big if government spends more of their money. We’ve heard this story before.
Maureen Bader and John Birbari talk about Wyoming Governor Mead’s upcoming budget and where to weed out the waste to ensure we do not dig into the state’s legacy savings. October 29, 2015