Wyoming Liberty Group
During the minerals boom politicians competed to see who could spend more to give voters “free stuff.” The free spending Freudenthal administration partied on with a state spending spree that doubled the cost of government—free stuff is expensive after all. Of course, buying votes with free stuff means convincing voters they can get something for nothing. That wasn’t difficult when the minerals industry picked up the tab; every spending request seemed to get knee-jerk approval.
Maureen Bader and Gary Freeman talk about the apparent laundering of Abandon Mine Land Funds through the Wyoming Department of Transportation and the warning by Cynthia Lummis that Washington is watching, on KGAB 650 am Radio Cheyenne. The inappropriate use of AML funds last time was one reason why the funds were pulled.
Maureen Bader joins John Birbari on KVOW Riverton Radio to discuss Wyoming's Capital Construction budget, how some politicians seem to think providing employment opportunities for the construction industry is a role of government, and what some people are trying to do to rein in the out-of-control spending on construction.
After months of review and mammoth change, the Wyoming legislature sent Governor Mead’s budget back to him for his signature. When the governor sent it back – signed – it had more line item vetoes than ever before.