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Regulation Without Representation in Wyoming

Boyd Wiggam and Glen Woods discuss how extraterritorial jurisdiction allows city and town officials to regulate people who can't vote for a representative on the city or town council.

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Regulation Without Representative in Wyoming

Sometimes in government there comes an idea that is terribly, terribly important to our lives but is packaged in such an unapproachable title many people fail to realize its importance - case in point, extra territorial jurisdiction.  Representative government is the foundation of our country, we vote for those we give the authority to represent us in all matters of government, including taxation and regulation over our lives and property.  Without this form of representative government we would live in tyranny.  Listen in as Boyd Wiggam talks with Amy Edmonds about why extra territorial jurisdiction is something we should all care about because it strikes at the very heart of representative government. 

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Science and Retractions

Retraction Watch, http://retractionwatch.com/, is a blog that monitors scientific and other journals for retractions. It sounds really simple, and the basic concept is. But the implications are fascinating.

Repeatability is key to the scientific method. If I report results from an experiment, I should report in sufficient detail that you can reproduce my experiment exactly. And you should get the same results, within the inevitable instrumentation error. If you get a very different result, something is seriously wrong.

A scientific journal should make every reasonable effort to ensure that published papers are accurate. Peer review at its best is part of this process, but has its critics. Peer review and the editorial process don’t catch everything. Occasionally an error slips through and a paper is retracted.

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Empowering Patients Delivers Savings

Several states have been moving their health care systems in a more patient centered direction.  Reforms that empower patients to find better value in their health care systems is a win-win scenario for both the patient and taxpayers.   Their patients now have both the right information and incentives to find the best health care at the lowest price.  

Listen in as Charlie Katebi talks about two such reforms in this week's Wyoming Liberty Group podcast.

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Let the People Vote (With Their Feet)

In the real world, people vote with their feet. Charles Tiebout, an academic, wrote about this basic principle over a half-century ago in 1956 and it still holds true today. Unfortunately, Wyoming law still tries to stop people who wish to opt out of oppressive city regulation by moving just beyond the city limits through archaic statutes which extend the power of the city beyond the actual city limits.

The Wyoming legislature has granted cities and towns something called Extraterritorial Jurisdiction. Extraterritorial Jurisdiction is the authority cities and towns have to pass laws that apply to people and property located outside of the city limits or town limits.

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Block Grants: A prescription for Medicaid reform in Wyoming

Every year, Wyoming taxpayers spend hundreds of millions of dollars on Medicaid. Yet we have little to say in its management.  The federal government mandates who Medicaid covers, what it pays for, and how it pays doctors.  Because of all these mandates, Medicaid has grown too large and cumbersome to ensure patients have reliable access to quality healthcare. 

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Handbills Are Free Speech Too

Courts repeatedly strike down City Ordinances that violate the First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech. This is true even when cities try to justify censorship as a way to improve aesthetics, or fight litter. Even in Wyoming cities are willing to trample on free speech rights. As recently as 2013, the City of Cheyenne had to pay litigation costs in its futile attempt to censor political speech by its ham-fisted regulation of yard signs. The City of Laramie quickly repealed its own political yard sign regulations shortly thereafter.

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