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Cost of K-12 Education in Wyoming

WyLiberty's financial analyst Bob Nelson talks about the annual cost of K-12 education in Wyoming. 

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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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Governor Mead’s Budget Measures Highlight Urgency for Welfare Reforms

At the start of Wyoming’s Joint Appropriations Committee’s interim meeting, Governor Matt Mead announced dramatic spending cuts to Medicaid and other health programs.  But rather than eliminate wasteful initiatives and prioritize effective ones, Mead’s budget cuts punish virtually every program and could potentially hurt vulnerable patients in the process.

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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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Reverse the Santa Claus State Before it is Too Late

Maureen Bader and Glenn Woods discuss Governor Mead's 8-percent budget cuts, how they do little to shrink the size of government to a level remaining taxpayers can afford, and how citizens can hold candidates accountable in the next election. 

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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
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
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
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
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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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