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Revenue Rout and Regime Reaction

Maureen Bader and Glenn Woods from Boldrepublic.com discuss the precipitous drop in tax revenue and the government's predictable response. But is that the only, or even best solution? Watch this short video to hear about a better way to go.

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Fire and Ice at the State Building Commission

Who knew a State Building Commission (SBC) meeting could include a discussion that perhaps surpassed the limit of orderly conduct? During a presentation on space allocation, a fiery exchange between Senator Phil Nicholas and Secretary of State Ed Murray made it clear that a battle may be brewing over renovation priorities at the Wyoming Capitol. This clash also indicates it may not be so easy for a certain senator to shift the blame for the cost overruns to someone else. 

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Legislative Leadership's Pure Power Play Over Committees

Boyd Wiggam and Glenn Woods of Boldrepublic.com discuss the recent effort by Wyoming legislative leadership to limit access for to research and information from the Legislative Service Office other members of the legislature.

 

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Instead of Asking: “Who Will Pay for It?" Ask: "What Are We Paying For?"

During the minerals boom politicians competed to see who could spend more to give voters “free stuff.” The free spending Freudenthal administration partied on with a state spending spree that doubled the cost of government—free stuff is expensive after all. Of course, buying votes with free stuff means convincing voters they can get something for nothing. That wasn’t difficult when the minerals industry picked up the tab; every spending request seemed to get knee-jerk approval.

 

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Wind Power Field of Dreams

The Wyoming wind production tax revenue fell by 15 percent between 2014 and 2015. So much for alternative revenue sources. 

 

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Capital Construction Boondoggles and the Wyoming Budget

Maureen Bader joins John Birbari on KVOW Riverton Radio to discuss Wyoming's Capital Construction budget, how some politicians seem to think providing employment opportunities for the construction industry is a role of government, and what some people are trying to do to rein in the out-of-control spending on construction. 

 

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Powerful Management Council Extends Control Over Legislative Research

Wyoming citizens face a new threat from the State Legislature. However this threat is not a new tax proposal or another attempt to further regulate daily life. Rather, this threat is a power grab by legislative leadership to further concentrate power over the legislature in the hands of the top legislative offices. This will shift even more control over the rank and file lawmakers from Wyoming voters to micromanaging legislative leaders.

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