Wyoming Liberty Group
Charlie Katebi and KVOC’s Chuck Gray discuss Governor Mead’s intentions to pass Medicaid Expansion In Wyoming, one of Obamacare’s most disastrous provisions. October 6, 2015
Wyoming faces a multi-million dollar deficit in the 2017-18 biennium and the specter of plummeting revenue looms large on the horizon. Why then, is the State Loan and Investment Board (SLIB) about to rubber stamp funding to help lift a new $18 million terminal off the ground at an airport that just last year lost 50 percent of its customer seating capacity and has no hope of takeoff anytime soon? Government does a bad job of picking winners and with all the problems with the airline industry, constructing a new airport terminal in Cheyenne will undoubtedly leave us with a white elephant we can ill afford.
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(This is the second of two articles on Wyoming’s Capitol renovation project’s Capitol Oversight Group and its lack of co-ordination with the Advisory Task Force. You can read part one here.)
Paying twice for the same thing could bankrupt a company. When government pays twice, the costs falls to the taxpayer. This means the initiators of wasteful government spending go unpunished and as a result, it happens with budget busting frequency. In a recent example of wasteful duplication, the Capitol Oversight Group hired an outside project manager, MOCA Systems, to, among other things, develop guiding principles for the Capitol renovation project. Their work was made easier because guiding principles already existed. Just how many re-writes of guiding principles does one project need?
Charlie Katebi spoke with Chuck Gray on KVOC about Governor Matt Mead’s latest bogus attempt to use Wyoming’s budget crisis to advance Medicaid Expansion. September 1, 2015
Without fundamental spending reform, Wyoming’s government will leave our children and grandchildren with a legacy of debt and higher taxes. Aug. 20, 2015
When we walk into a hospital, we have access to a cornucopia of different tests, procedures, and specialists. What we will hardly ever see is how much all of this costs. When insurers pay most of the bill, patients have no incentive to find the best deal, and hospitals are more than happy to keep their cost hidden. Now a revolution is underway to pull back the veil on what hospitals are charging.
As dreams of palaces turn into nightmares, Wyoming’s Capitol renovation project muddles along to fiscal disaster. After paying millions to design and architectural consultants and having state employees work on the project for more than a year, the committee has decided it’s time to hire someone to manage the project. But instead of hiring someone to translate the committee’s vision of sugar plums into reality, it should return to the original basic renovation, delete the executive building from the equation and cut out last minute costly niceties.