Wyoming Liberty Group
Maureen Bader spoke with Gary Freeman on KGAB about the Capitol project propaganda and the risky business legislators are forcing taxpayers into with the Minerals to Value Added program. May 8, 2015
The Wyoming state government will soon find itself dealing with a troubling budget deficit. Judging from the two most recent CREG forecasts, the deficit looks very persistent, caused by a structural imbalance between revenue and spending.
By Bradley Harrington
Published in the Wyoming Tribune Eagle on December 26, 2014.
“There’s a sucker born every minute.” - Banker David Hannum, remarking on P.T Barnum’s “Cardiff Giant” hoax, 1869 -
As any good wizard will tell you, the best tool a cardsharp has at his disposal is the ability to channel his victim’s attention into a meaningless direction while he performs his sleight of hand, unobserved, right under the mark’s nose.
To spend, perchance to Dream of spending; Aye, there’s the rub.
Wyoming’s government is searching high and low for money for priorities, but just what is top of mind? The government is facing a $222 million budget deficit in the 2015-16 biennium but has money squirreled away in other accounts to contine spending, but on what? Just what are these other accounts? But even more important: why one priority and not another?
Wyoming’s Department of Transportation tells the sorry tale.
Courage is grace under pressure.
The Joint Appropriation Committee adroitly handled the $222 million deficit that now exists in the 2015-16 budget and Governor Mead’s $167 million request for additional spending. The JAC rejected a rainy day fund raid and reined in Gov. Mead’s spending blowout, leaving almost $300 million in spending where it belongs – contingent on actually receiving the funds. This is the first step in piercing Wyoming’s budget bloated by 10-years of now-evaporating mineral tax windfalls.
Maureen Bader speaks with Gary Freeman on KGAB about about governor’s response to plummeting oil prices and the legislature’s attempt to rein in spending. January 30, 2015 – KGAB
Maureen Bader speaks with Gary Freeman on KGAB about about the upcoming legislative session and the governor’s attempt to raid the rainy day fund to pay for his spending party. January 2, 2015 – KGAB