Wyoming Liberty Group
Boyd Wiggam talks with Chuck Gray on KVOC about the paradox of property development overregulation and a recent move by Jackson and Teton County to raise taxes on the county’s poorest to pay for new subsidized housing projects in Jackson. May 27, 2015
Boyd Wiggam talks with Chuck Gray on KVOC about the five-years plans the cities of Casper and Cheyenne write up to receive federal “entitlement” funds from the US Dept of Housing and Urban Development, and strings attached. May 12, 2015
Boyd Wiggam spoke with Gary Freeman on KGAB about a Smart Growth open house in Cheyenne and its workshop for selected stakeholders. This topic was hot – with lots of great input from callers. April 24, 2015
The Wilderness Society is currently in the middle of a misguided petition campaign to stop the transfer of federal lands into state hands.
The organization’s mission says they aim to “contribute to better protection, stewardship and restoration of our public lands.” This makes it hard to understand why the WS is taking the stance it is on this issue. Given that mission statement, the WS ought to instead join forces with the eleven western states seeking to have federal lands returned to state ownership and management. Such a transfer could stop the forced taxpayer subsidies of a byzantine federal bureaucracy that shows a lower level of both fiduciary and environmental responsibility than their state counterparts.
Local government promoters continually discuss how to use tax dollars to revive downtowns. Cheyenne is no different. During the run-up to the 2014 Cheyenne City Council elections, the local newspaper asked candidates what they would do to improve Cheyenne’s downtown. The paper even published a series of articles analyzing Cheyenne’s downtown issues and invited readers to support candidates that promised to do something, such as spend money, to resuscitate downtown Cheyenne. However, Cheyenne does not fit the demographic and economic profile to support the revival envisioned by the local newspaper.
After it passed the Wyoming Legislature overwhelmingly, with a final overall vote of 80-9 (1 excused), this evening Governor Matt Mead vetoed Senate Enrolled Act 1–or Senate File 14. The bill would replace civil forfeiture under the Wyoming Controlled Substances Act with criminal forfeiture, requiring a felony conviction before alleged drug property could be forfeited to the government. Governor Mead has rarely used his veto power in the five legislative sessions since he took office, so it is especially shocking he would veto a strong reform for due process and property rights.