Wyoming Liberty Group
The State Building Commission has a 100-year tradition of managing state buildings, and reviewing and approving construction budgets. It includes the five elected officials, the Governor, Secretary of State, Auditor, Treasurer and Superintendent of Public Instruction. With budget responsibility, you might think it plays a part in the Capitol Square Project fiasco, but no. A committee dominated by the legislature, the Capitol Oversight Group, took over that project in 2014, and today, the project scope and costs are spiraling out of control.
Who knew a State Building Commission (SBC) meeting could include a discussion that perhaps surpassed the limit of orderly conduct? During a presentation on space allocation, a fiery exchange between Senator Phil Nicholas and Secretary of State Ed Murray made it clear that a battle may be brewing over renovation priorities at the Wyoming Capitol. This clash also indicates it may not be so easy for a certain senator to shift the blame for the cost overruns to someone else.
Boyd Wiggam and Glenn Woods of Boldrepublic.com discuss the recent effort by Wyoming legislative leadership to limit access for to research and information from the Legislative Service Office other members of the legislature.
Maureen Bader joins John Birbari on KVOW Riverton Radio to discuss Wyoming's Capital Construction budget, how some politicians seem to think providing employment opportunities for the construction industry is a role of government, and what some people are trying to do to rein in the out-of-control spending on construction.
Certain very powerful senators tried to bury the cost overruns of their favorite boondoggle, the Wyoming Capitol building. Fortunately for Wyoming taxpayers, they have been reigned in.
Or how to raid the rainy day fund and manipulate revenue forecasts all in one. Although on the surface, the purpose of SF 68 is to direct the governor and legislature on how to address budget shortfalls, it does much more. It creates the one percent severance tax account, gives the governor a tool to raid the rainy day fund, and changes who picks the members of the CREG.
The attempt to hide the Capitol Renovation cost overrun in another agency budget and fund that overrun with funds destined to demolish a sinking prison was foiled by the State senate and this effort was supported by the House appropriations committee.