Wyoming Liberty Group
Maureen Bader and Glenn Woods discuss the Frugality Scorecard and the results for Campbell County legislators. Although the overall scorecard for Campbell County looks very pink, two very solid frugal legislators, Scott Clem and Roy Edwards, create a strong green-for-good block to the results.
CHEYENNE, WY: The Wyoming Liberty Group released the Budget third reading amendment vote scorecard for Wyoming legislators today. This, together with the second reading amendment scorecard, measures the willingness of legislators to push the Wyoming general operations budget bill into deficit.
Maureen Bader and Glenn Woods discuss who voted to keep Medicaid expansion in the Wyoming budget and the vote to bury Capitol Renovation cost overruns in another agency budget.
The Veil of Secrecy is Drawn
When visions of Taj Mahals at the Wyoming Capitol are coupled with state revenues tumbling into the abyss, count on some Wyoming legislators to figure out how to keep on spending. One creative solution is to hide escalating costs in other agency budgets. But burying spending takes the Capitol renovation project in the wrong direction. Instead of creating a legacy debt and higher taxes, the Capitol project must remain transparent and be brought back to a basic renovation, one that Wyoming taxpayers can afford.
If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free.
Choosing to expand Medicaid is like deciding to marry for the sake of a dream honeymoon when disillusionment is the likely outcome. Fortunately, seven members of the Joint Appropriations Committee rescued Wyoming from a looming and ill-conceived entitlement marriage by voting to strip Medicaid Expansion from the 2017-18 budget appropriations bill.
Powering through savings won’t save the state
Wyoming’s Consensus Revenue Estimating Group presented its January forecast update this week. The update shows a continued fall in minerals revenue. No surprise, and given the current situation, expect more of the same as Wyoming’s budget session kicks into gear.