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The Problem with the Santa Claus State

An accidental step towards real reform may benefit the charitable sector. 

Wyoming government revenues will not meet projections for the 2017-18 biennium. With a projected shortfall of between $240 and $510 million, Governor Mead responded by cutting the 2017-18 biennium budget by $248 million, or about 8-percent of the 2-year general fund budget of about $3 billion. Although this is budget cut by half, the governor may have unwittingly opened the door to real reform that will benefit patients and taxpayers alike.

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Protecting the People of Fremont County from Taxes

Maureen Bader and KVOW's John Birbari talk about the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, what it commits candidates to, and who from Fremont County has signed. Given the shortfall in the upcoming biennium, you want to be sure your candidates keep their fingers out of your wallet.

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The Environment for Free Speech

Free speech is under attack from three main sources around the world.

  • Government repression has increased. After the Soviet Union fell, Russia enjoyed a free-for-all. Alas, today Mr. Putin has tightened the muzzle again.
  • A number of non-state actors are at that game. Journalists in Mexico who investigate corruption may end up dead. Jihadists shoot French cartoonists.
  • Finally, there are people who think they have a right to not be offended, and who expect to use the state – or the university administration – to enforce that right.

Another government attack on free speech is from a coalition of environmental alarmists and law enforcement. It may be more pernicious than the first three because of its subtlety.

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Charles Curley
They are still at it. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse wants newspapers to stop publishing “extreme” and “phony” op-eds written by climate... Read More
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 16:39
Charles Curley
The AGs are trying to exempt themselves from Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requirements. https://cei.org/content/persecuting-... Read More
Thursday, 30 June 2016 12:24
Charles Curley
It isn't over yet, not by a long shot. "Democratic operatives responsible for creating their party’s platform this year have unan... Read More
Monday, 27 June 2016 14:47
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Holding Candidates Accountable After the Election

Maureen Bader and Gary Freeman talk about how the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and how it will help hold candidates accountable after the election, on KGAB, 680 am in Cheyenne. Maureen discusses tax reform and what this would mean should Wyoming legislators support an increase in the wind production tax. Gary and Maureen also touch on what the purpose of the rainy day fund should - and should not - be.

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A Pledge to Protect Taxpayers

Maureen Bader and Glenn Woods discuss the Taxpayers Protection Pledge and how this will help hold politicans accountable after the next election. Wyoming's government bloated up on the back of a minerals tax windfall. That windfall is over. How will the gap between spending and revenue be filled? Find out how you can have a say in that decision.

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Accountability Deficit Drove Construction Blowout

  • Revenue shortfall highlights danger of one group paying for the benefits of another. 

In its latest meeting, Wyoming’s legislative Revenue Committee discussed how to close the gap between state spending and state revenue for school capital construction. The bonanza funding the building blowout fizzled away, so what to do? Hike taxes to continue spending as usual or look for ways to spend less? As no one on the committee wanted to appear to be in favor of tax hikes, the discussion turned to the only viable option—spending reform. Too bad it took a crisis for legislators to focus on responsible spending.

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Tax Hikes Wrong Approach to Revenue Reductions

Maureen Bader and Gary Freeman discuss the tax hikes considered by Wyoming's Revenue Committee, what they would do to the state's troubled private sector and options to ensure a growing and prosperous Wyoming.

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