Wyoming Liberty Group
- Time to add some drag to the line
The Game and Fish (G&F) department provides us with a cautionary tale about what happens when an agency’s mandate creeps from “the protection, propagation, preservation and distribution of Game animals, birds and fish of this State,” to “conserving wildlife—serving people,” which could mean pretty much anything—and it does. The G&F department hasn’t seen a mandate it can’t assume, or a cost it can’t increase. How do we reel in spending at G&F?
- Angling for other people’s money
Gov. Mead’s something for everyone 2015-16 biennial budget gives back much of the money trimmed from many agency budgets during the last two years. Together with other legislation, cuts to some agency budgets could be completely restored.
On its face, net neutrality seems like a benign concept. The basic idea is that your Internet service provider (ISP) cannot limit your access to the Internet based on the ISP’s preferences. As citizens of a state with a limited selection of ISPs through much of the state, Wyomingites might find this proposition attractive at first glance.
Some politicians, bureaucrats and a cabal of special interest groups spent months wringing their hand over the state of Wyoming’s highways and called for a higher fuel tax to maintain them. To grease this tax grab through the legislature, tax supporters said all the money collected by the fuel tax increase would go to roads. The bill passed, and now it seems some of the increase will not go to roads. Wyoming’s State Parks and Cultural Resources (SPCR) will get a chunk of the higher fuel tax bonanza.
• Council voted to keep restrictive regulations on political signs on private property.
• A similar sign ordinance was ruled unconstitutional in 1996.
CHEYENNE – The Wyoming Liberty Group denounces Cheyenne City Council’s vote to maintain rules imposing size, number, and time regulations on signs posted on private property, at a City Council meeting last night.
Cheyenne attorney Mike Basom recently reported Assistant City Attorney George Tsai to the Wyoming State Bar, alleging that Tsai is unauthorized to practice law in Wyoming. The complaint states that Tsai sent Basom’s client a letter illustrating one of the city’s legal positions and that this represents “direct communication with [his] client,” crossing the boundaries established by the Wyoming Rules of Professional Conduct for attorneys.