Wyoming Liberty Group
The Editorial Board of the Casper Star Tribune has presented their list of failed legislative bills from the 2015 session, and in some cases added their comments. Among the subjects they discuss, two stand out as particularly interesting to an economist: Medicaid Expansion with its ties to state and federal budget deficits; and civil asset forfeiture.
With just two weeks remaining in the legislative session, the forces of socialized medicine were defeated, at least for now. After losing decisively in the Wyoming Senate and finding no traction in the Wyoming House, Medicaid Expansion supporters tried to ram this policy through with an amendment to the budget bill. Amendment 31 of HB0001 failed overwhelmingly, with 41 Nays and only 15 Ayes. Supporters cited the jobs it would create as well as increased federal funding for the state of Wyoming.
And now it is official - Senate File 0122 now formally proposes the formation of a Skyfall 2020 commission:
An act relating to the administration of government; creating the Vision 2020 comprehensive expenditure and revenue review; providing for oversight of the review by the management council of the Wyoming legislature; creating the Vision 2020 comprehensive expenditure and revenue review advisory panel; creating areas of review; providing for the creation of task forces as specified; providing for appointment of members to the advisory panel and task forces; providing for assignment of duties as specified; providing for reports; providing an appropriation; and providing for an effective date.
If the bookies have it right, the Patriots will face the Seahawks in Phoenix on February 1. Suppose the NFL decided to tilt the Superbowl field so that the Patriots, to have a fighting chance, would be playing downhill.