Wyoming Liberty Group
We have discussed how Wyoming’s alcohol regulatory system limits new small business opportunities without effectively deterring destructive behavior attributable to alcohol. The state rankings of alcohol abuse measured by DUI arrests per capita and binge drinking rate highlight some similar rural states that have combined market-friendly liquor licensing with lower levels of alcohol abuse.
West Virginia and Utah are the only two among the ten most responsible drinking states in both binge-drinking and DUI measures. Wyoming isn’t top ten in either. Unfortunately, Wyoming tops the chart in one category – drunk driving arrests per share of population. Therefore, market-oriented liquor license regulations in West Virginia or Utah do not necessarily lead to more irresponsible or dangerous behavior than exist under Wyoming’s current licensing regime.
Wyoming’s disturbing rate of alcohol-related calamity is no secret. Two ways to measure alcohol abuse among adults are to look at DUI arrests per capita and binge drinking rate. These measures show Wyoming leads the nation in DUI arrests per capita and is in the CDC’s second tier of states (out of three tiers) for binge drinking prevalence. Based on these data points, Wyoming’s system for regulating the alcohol market appears to be ineffective in deterring destructive behavior attributable to alcohol.
Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard proved in 1939 that the world-changing magic of American innovation can spring from a home-based business, perhaps even in a small residential garage. Despite this, and other examples including many from Silicon Valley, some Wyoming cities are waging a campaign against entrepreneurship and small, Wyoming-grown, businesses. Cities like Cheyenne use zoning codes to prohibit residents from starting many small business types from home. While other homeowners in a residential neighborhood can have legitimate concerns about private nuisances such as noise, light, and congested parking, do cities need oppressive land use laws to govern home-based businesses or is there a better way? In fact Casper’s home occupations ordinance provides an example of what other cities can do to facilitate, instead of undermine, entrepreneurship in local communities.
by Keith Trimels
Governor Mead’s 2012 State of the State speech listed a litany of good news stories. One of those was that The Tax Foundation placed Wyoming as the number one “good tax climate” state.
This implies taxes in Wyoming are better than anywhere else in the U.S.