Wyoming Liberty Group
by Sven R. Larson, Ph.D.
Take a look at SF0097, introducing work requirements for able-bodied recipients of Medicaid benefits and food stamps, a.k.a., SNAP. This bill is sponsored by Senators Hicks, Driskill, Peterson and Scott and Representatives Burkhardt, Clem, Gray, Laursen and Lindholm.
This bill is a small step toward putting some caps on state spending. Says the bill:
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!)
The Interim Revenue Committee will meet May 11th and 12th in Saratoga. On their agenda is yet another proposal to shrink revenues, a Gross Receipts Tax [GRT]. It would also shrink the Wyoming economy and – to kill three birds with one stone – shrink your wallet! They may not notice the thing about shrinking your wallet by an estimated $800 to $1000 dollars a year [about $3,600 for a family of four in direct and indirect costs], but you’d think they would notice the part about shrinking revenues, being the Revenue Committee and all.
On March 17th staff member Robert Nelson had the opportunity to sit down with KGAB host Glenn Woods. They discussed topics based on education such as Wyoming’s education budget and the upcoming work of the recalibration committee. They also discussed the recent legislative session and it’s most engaged legislators.
Ever wonder what it’s like to testify in front of a committee? Watch as our very own Robert Nelson testified to the Wyoming House Education committee last January.
Charlie Katebi spoke about to Glenn Woods on Boldrepublic.com about the problem with drawing people into a poorly run government program. Given the dearth of health care providers in Wyoming, any reduction to Medicaid reimbursements would likely limit health care access. And here the governor wanted to expand Medicaid! Thank goodness the legislature rejected Medicaid expansion.
Amy Edmonds joined John Birbari on KVOW in Riverton to discuss the current state budget crisis and how education spending could play in key role in budget reductions. Education spending has been on the rise for several decades yet student outcomes have not improved significantly.