Wyoming Liberty Group
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.
Spending continues to increase. The big spenders want:
WyoFlot – a state government airline system ($80-$100 million)
Workforce Development ($50 million)
Even more for already a costly school bureaucracy
(with NO Academic Improvement for our kids!)
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.
Geologically, socially, and culturally, Wyoming is a crossroads. Geologically, the crossroads consist of the Laramide orogeny, the collision of tectonic plates that literally gave rise to the Rocky Mountains. As the westward pioneer migration proceeded, the telescope on a prairie schooner often focused on the peaks of the Rockies as seen from the grasslands of Nebraska and Kansas. Pikes Peak was first spotted from Kansas, and Laramie Peak from Nebraska on the Oregon trail. These important landmarks both guided the pioneers and helped them measure their slow progress towards the dreams of land, freedom and opportunity, creating a certain type of social responsibility to each other and a unique culture.