Wyoming Liberty Group
Cleaning up “blighted” property is a popular new trend in Wyoming cities. Local government officials and candidates around the state have joined the anti-blight cause. Unfortunately, proposed solutions could erode property rights, impose high costs on taxpayers, and threaten financial ruin for the very people officials and candidates claim to want to help. Owners and occupants of government-targeted property have reason to worry. Blight designation is largely a subjective matter based on personal preference. One person’s blighted property might be someone else’s home on a responsible budget.
Boyd Wiggam and Chuck Gray of KVOC in Casper discuss the Cheyenne City Council’s refusal to ease the economic burden that aesthetic design regulations for new apartment buildings impose on working families in Cheyenne, even in the face of the significant shortage of affordable, unsubsidized housing in the community.
Some sign regulations make driving more dangerous, not safer.
We are accustomed to obnoxious traffic laws and regulations government leaders claim will make us safer. Some overused examples are seatbelt laws and the prohibition against driving under the influence of alcohol. But Cheyenne’s local ordinance prohibiting drivers from receiving driving directions via cell phone while driving shows how just far local governments are willing to go to supposedly promote traffic safety—even when the laws make it harder for drivers to find and get to their destinations. But an emerging trend in sign regulation goes beyond obnoxiousness and actually makes driving more dangerous.
Boyd Wiggam discussed how one Cheyenne resident had to fight to protect her wooden bear statute from a city enforcement officer who called it a stump and demanded she remove it—even though the City of Cheyenne spends taxpayer money for other statues of wildlife around the city, with Chuck Gray on KVOC. November 25, 2015
Boyd Wiggam discussed his testimony against the Abandoned Buildings bill and for private property rights before the Joint Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions Interim Committee, with Chuck Gray on KVOC. November 19, 2015
Boyd Wiggam and Chuck Gray from KVOC talk about the Western Watershed’s suit against the state of Wyoming. October 7, 2015
Boyd Wiggam spoke with Gary Freeman on KGAB about the upcoming Mayor vs. City Administrator election in Cheyenne and the Cheyenne Downtown Development Authority’s tax increment financing. September 11, 2015