Wyoming Liberty Group
Maureen Bader and Chuck Gray discuss Governor Mead’s Business Forum in Cheyenne this week and the legislative panel’s discussion of possible strategies to deal with the budget deficit. From raiding the Rainy Day Fund to digging holes and filling them up again, our elected officials skirt around the need for fundamental reform. November 18, 2015
Great American men of letters like Russell Kirk and M.E. Bradford have written much about the contrast between those who favor human realities and those who wish to impose utopias on human society. While we are tempted to consign these considerations to the dusty shelves of aging libraries, we do so at our peril. Government utopias are phony constructs that cost taxpayers and citizens dearly; they leave in their wake decades of destruction, as history has shown us.
The Capitol Renovation Oversight Group met once again discussed alternative designs for the Herschler building renovation and their budget implications. Although briefly mentioned, the option to leave the Herschler renovation for another day went disregarded.
The Herschler renovation may still go the way of the Dodo should project costs continue to rise.
Amy Edmonds and Chuck Gray discuss whether the supplemental budget violates the Wyoming Constitution by going beyond, way beyond, covering the ordinary expenses of the state, on KVOC. November 4, 2015
In a moment of bipartisan wisdom, the Labor, Health, and Social Services Committee sponsored legislation allowing out-of-state nurses to practice in Wyoming. Like many states, Wyoming bars nurses not licensed by our nursing board to practice here. The status quo restricts the supply of nurses, preventing patients from accessing thousands of qualified nurses, not to mention raising healthcare costs. The committee’s members took a decisive step towards expanding healthcare access in the state of Wyoming.
“This is the biggest anti school choice vote by a local school board in state history.” Sandy Shanor, Chair of Laramie County School Board #1
In a historic 5-2 vote last week in Cheyenne, the state’s largest school district passed a solidly anti school choice resolution for use by the Wyoming School Boards Association (WSBA). Laramie County School District #1(LCSD#1) is one of only two districts that currently operate a charter school within their district. The resolution, written by school board member Nate Breen with input from the WSBA, outlined a series of onerous and unnecessary requirements to be placed upon independent charter schools. Once again, Wyoming parents can point to a consistent pattern of anti school choice behavior by local school boards.