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Right sizing a supersized government

As Winston Churchill said, we should never let a good crisis go to waste. Why? Because it creates an opportunity for fundamental change. The fiscal crisis in Wyoming is a good example.

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Capital Construction Funding Funny Business

Maureen Bader and Gary Freeman talk about the apparent laundering of Abandon Mine Land Funds through the Wyoming Department of Transportation and the warning by Cynthia Lummis that Washington is watching, on KGAB 650 am Radio Cheyenne. The inappropriate use of AML funds last time was one reason why the funds were pulled. 

 

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Wyoming Budget Update - Local Government Funding

The $105 million local government funding budget is state aid funded entirely from a rainy day fund raid. Time to grab your wallet and rund for the hills. 

 

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Wyoming Budget Update - We Don't Need the One Percent Account

The Wyoming budget was broken up into a number of parts. In addition to the general appropriations bill we also had the State Capital Construction Bill and the Local Government aid bills. None of these other bills have gone to the governor yet.

How has the entire budget changed as it moved through the budget session and how has that effected the rainy day fund raid and the need to steal from future generations?

 

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Frugality Scorecard and the Laramie County Legislators

Maureen Bader and Gary Freeman talk about the Wyoming Frugality Scorecard and whether Laramie County legislators voted for a bigger rainy day fund raid or to reduce the rainy day fund raid now in the Wyoming budget. 

 

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Maureen Bader and John Birbari discuss the state of the Wyoming budget

From a rainy day fund raid to cutlets to agency budgets, if political will for serious reform remains on the sidelines, look for spenders to call for ‘alternative revenue sources,’ and you know what that means.

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The School Rainy Day Fund Raided

Current budget draws school Rainy Day Fund down to zero

All the hand wringing about the budget shortfall so far has focused on spend-as-usual government operations paid for with funds from traditional state spending accounts and augmented by a Rainy Day Fund raid. But the state has other accounts with an even bigger and more immediate problem: the K-12 education accounts. These accounts, just like the traditional accounts, are running short of cash. Governor Mead’s solution to the 2017-18 shortfall is to—wait for it—raid the school Rainy Day Fund!

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