Wyoming Liberty Group
Maureen Bader and Glenn Woods discuss the Frugality Scorecard and the results for Campbell County legislators. Although the overall scorecard for Campbell County looks very pink, two very solid frugal legislators, Scott Clem and Roy Edwards, create a strong green-for-good block to the results.
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.
Will Wyoming legislators work to reduce the rainy day fund raid - or not? And what else about the amendment process creates concerns? Be sure to listen to find out.
Maureen Bader talks about the first round of the Wyoming Legislative Scorecard results. Are Wyoming legislators frugal or profilate? Be sure to listen to find out.
Wyoming's general appropriations budget primarily funds agency spending. To bring agency spending more into line with plummeting revenues, the Joint Appropriations Committee developed a so-called austerity plan. If only. Small cutlets to budget increases won't prevent panic tax hikes. The legislature must not leave a legacy of debt and higher taxes to future generations.
The capital construction part of the Wyoming Budget got its own budget this time. The problem? The state doesn't have enough money to fund the building boondoggle list. What to do? Use the pennies from heaven - those dropped into state coffers from the Abandoned Mine Land Fund. This creates an even bigger problem though. The state lost the AML funds last time for the same type of building boondoggles it plans to use the current AML funds for.
When it comes to budget building, actions speak louder than words. Legislators talk about spending restraint, but when they continue to funnel depleting funds at golf courses, you've got to wonder just how serious they are.