Wyoming Liberty Group
Charles Curley and Glenn Woods discuss the Wyoming Liberty Index. The Index is the ideal tool to understand an incumbent’s commitment to liberty issues, and with candidates filing for office right now, timing is perfect. Even better, two Republican contenders for Wyoming's one seat in the US House of Representatives are recorded in the Liberty Index.
- Revenue shortfall highlights danger of one group paying for the benefits of another.
In its latest meeting, Wyoming’s legislative Revenue Committee discussed how to close the gap between state spending and state revenue for school capital construction. The bonanza funding the building blowout fizzled away, so what to do? Hike taxes to continue spending as usual or look for ways to spend less? As no one on the committee wanted to appear to be in favor of tax hikes, the discussion turned to the only viable option—spending reform. Too bad it took a crisis for legislators to focus on responsible spending.
o Wyoming Liberty Index volunteers rate 279 bills on liberty friendliness.
o Index scores legislators on support or obstruction of liberty.
o Rep. Kendell Kroeker again earns title of “Most Liberty Friendly Member of the House.”
o Cale Case is again the most liberty friendly Senator.
The Cheyenne City Council’s decision about allowing a retail liquor license owner to sell his license to Cheyenne’s Sam’s Club is about more than liquor policy. It is really a referendum on whether Cheyenne is open to business. Perhaps not. The Council Finance Committee recommends that the Council block the sale. This is a signal to investors that the City is willing to flex its muscle to protect favored locals at the expense of outside investors.