Wyoming Liberty Group
by Tom Rose
2012 was a rough year in regard to employees of my outfitting business. The second full crew hiring attempt contained an employee I called “Mack Daddy”. (Reasons for this nickname will not be explored here) Mack Daddy was in his mid-30s, had been to college and worked as a fly fishing Guide. A most congenial and personable young man.
It is important for the people of Wyoming to take action!
18LSO-0142 - Sales Tax on Specified Services (This is the proposed legislation)
This proposed bill will impose a 4-6% sales tax on the services that you use on a regular basis, increasing the price at the register and increasing the cost of goods purchased when small businesses are forced to pass along the service taxes they pay in order for them to remain profitable and in business.
Guest Writer – Sven Larson
Yesterday I gave an overview of what tax increases we can expect at the state level: tallying up the worst-case, but increasingly likely scenario, we are looking at half-a-billion dollars in higher taxes. This tax shock - which, I repeat, is no longer unrealistic but increasingly probable - would probably be introduced over two years and would come in the form of assorted "small increases" this year and an entirely new tax the year after.
Means to a Legacy of Administrative Excellence
In 2017 Wyoming legislators approved the State Efficiency Report bill. The Wyoming Spending and Efficiency Commission, chaired by Senator Drew Perkins, awarded the contract, and in October a team of former CEO’s and CFO’s from Alvarez & Marsal submitted this draft report. So it was that Wyoming’s legislative branch supported Wyoming’s executive branch to create a legacy of administrative excellence.
Guest Writer – Sven Larson
Between the legislature, Governor Mead, the Wyoming Association of Municipalities and assorted local tax efforts, we as a state could easily be facing half a billion dollars in higher taxes.
Half a billion dollars.
This number represents a worst-case scenario, and until recently I thought of it as just that - an unlikely outer-rim possibility. However, as we move closer to the 2018 legislative session, this worst-case scenario looks increasingly likely. It is now more probable than any scenario where all tax hikes, state and local, will stop at half that number.
by Sven R Larson
Your agenda for the meeting in Thermopolis on August 2-3 is full of proposals to raise taxes and fees on the Wyoming economy. While I don't think anyone expects them all to pass even through your committee, the rich roster of ideas is in itself a source of great concern.