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Measuring the Structural Deficit in Wyoming

The Wyoming state government will soon find itself dealing with a troubling budget deficit. Judging from the two most recent CREG forecasts, the deficit looks very persistent, caused by a structural imbalance between revenue and spending.

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Weed for Welfare in Colorado?

Next year, Wyoming voters will be faced with a ballot measure to legalize, and create a tax on, marijuana. As part of the preparation for the vote, it is a good idea to study what has happened in Colorado since legalization. The Washington Times keeps up with the latest developments:

Everyone in Colorado from Republicans to marijuana moguls wants to stop welfare cash from being used to buy recreational pot, but standing in their way are the state’s formidable legislative Democrats. Despite mounting evidence that “welfare for weed” is more than an urban myth, Democratic legislators are balking at a bill that would add marijuana dispensaries and strip clubs to the list of places, along with casinos and liquor stores, where debit-style benefits cards cannot be used to withdraw cash from automatic teller machines, or ATMs.

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The Biggest Government Counties in Wyoming

As the legislature works its grinds, turning bills into recycling or legislation, the day comes closer when the proposed Vision 2020 commission begins its work. Senate File 122, referred to the Senate Revenue Committee on January 27, is very likely going to end up on Governor Mead’s desk. The purpose of the commission is to comprehensively review state revenue and expenditure in response to the mounting fiscal problems awaiting the state in just a couple of years.

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The Rise of Radical Socialism

This article is not about Wyoming. Not directly, at least. But it is about the values that the people of this great state hold dear: freedom and self determination. Beyond our state borders - in fact, beyond the borders of the United States - a new, aggressive brand of radical socialism is on the rise. It is more radical than the ideas that brought Obama to the White House. While it is, essentially, yet another form of the same totalitarian threat to Western Civilization that we have fought so hard to defeat, its ability to morph and adapt makes it harder to detect. But like all collectivist, authoritarian ideologies it preys on economic despair and fills the void where opportunity and freedom should be. Let us never drop our guard. Let us never become complacent. Let us always remember the words of Ronald Reagan: Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.

--- Originally published at The Liberty Bullhorn ---

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More Good News from the Wyoming Economy

The two most recent reports from CREG, the Consensus Revenue Estimating Group, tell of a mounting revenue problem for the state government. This has now led to the introduction of a bill - S122 - to the ongoing legislative session that calls for the formation of a group to find a solution to the problem.

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Urgency: U.S. Deficit Rising Faster than Expected

Today Tuesday the House will hold its second reading of HB75, the Compact for a Balanced Budget bill that proposes a debt-limitation balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Yesterday's first reading included a vigorous debate, demonstrating that this is an issue the members of the House take very seriously. The vote, 35-23, also shows that while the idea of a balanced budget amendment is accepted in principle, there is still some hesitation as to whether or not the Compact is the right way to go.

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The Structured Exit

And now it is official - Senate File 0122 now formally proposes the formation of a Skyfall 2020 commission:

An act relating to the administration of government; creating the Vision 2020 comprehensive expenditure and revenue review; providing for oversight of the review by the management council of the Wyoming legislature; creating the Vision 2020 comprehensive expenditure and revenue review advisory panel; creating areas of review; providing for the creation of task forces as specified; providing for appointment of members to the advisory panel and task forces; providing for assignment of duties as specified; providing for reports; providing an appropriation; and providing for an effective date.

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