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Raiding the Rainy Day Fund for Political Investments

Governor Mead’s supplemental budget presentation outlined the vast amount of money the state has squirrelled away in savings accounts. According to Gov. Mead, “These funds continue to grow and they return investment income to support ongoing operations.” So far so good, as saving to create a fund to generate income to live from is a time-honored form of investment. 

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Personal Attacks Don’t Change Facts

Letter to the editor published in the Wyoming Tribune Eagle, September 28, 2014

As is often the case, those without a response to an argument resort to ad hominem attacks, as in Rodger McDaniel’s commentary, the rick think differently, in Saturday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle.

Former state of Wyoming pensioners, such as Mr. McDaniel, must understand that without reform they, like government workers in places such as Pritchard, Alabama, could be left standing at their mailboxes, waiting for a pension check that never arrives. 

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Laramie has a Free Speech Problem

This article was first published in the Laramie Boomerang on August 10, 2014. 

The city of Laramie is quick to remind residents where they cannot place political signs. However, the city should announce that residents may place political signs supporting any candidate.

As written, the city’s political sign regulations functionally treat signs differently depending on which candidate the political sign supports. Such regulations more closely resemble rules dictators use than the American constitutional system of democracy.

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Removing Coal from the Energy Mix

  • The consequence for your electricity bill. 

In 2013, President Obama’s Climate Action Plan laid out a plan to make the U.S. a leader in the effort to address global climate change. In June 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated rules for cutting carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. One option the EPA would allow states to use to cut carbon dioxide emissions is the switch from coal-fired to natural-gas-fired electricity generation. Although the EPA’s recent rule might lead some to believe that the shift will occur in the future, coal plants in Wyoming are already being shut down and replaced by natural gas.

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Never Build that Here Again?

  • The Cheyenne UDC: Prohibiting signs since 2012

Residents of Cheyenne and Laramie should rest assured that the Unified Development Codes enacted by their respective city governments will protect them from development of any future icons like the Phoenix Block in downtown Cheyenne pictured below.

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WyLiberty Attorneys File Free Speech Brief in Texas Case

AUSTIN, TX – Wyoming Liberty Group attorneys filed a friend-of-the-court brief today on behalf of WyLiberty and the Center for Competitive Politics in Texas v. DeLay.  The brief is the second filed on behalf of both organizations, discussing the free speech implications of a criminal case with origins over a decade old.

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What Are Your Property Rights?

Local elected officials are often asked to vote for or against a private landowner’s application to build something on private property.  Respect for private property rights means that an official should start with the presumption that she or he will vote to approve the application, despite pleas to deny the application from nearby landowners or residents.  This default position is based on the fact that although neighbors have some right to influence land use on nearby property, those rights are specific and limited. Two permit applications—one recently submitted to the Laramie County Commission and the other to the Natrona County Planning and Zoning Commission—illustrate how elected officials must differentiate between an individual’s property rights and the protection of the property rights of neighbors. The aesthetic concerns expressed by homeowners in Laramie County are in sharp contrast to the concerns by residents living near a proposed industrial tank farm in Natrona County.

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