Wyoming Liberty Group
The Cheyenne City Council wisely chose to reject a deal that would have denied them the opportunity to look at multiple offers for the old police station property at 2020 Capitol Avenue. Had they instead chosen to move forward with the administrations proposed no-bid deal, it would have done a disservice to residents, taxpayers, and even the potential purchaser of the building. It would have deprived residents of the transparency they deserve but have often been denied when the city disposes of city-owned prime commercial real estate. It also would have contradicted city council candidates’ promises to work hard to make downtown Cheyenne the best it can be. Finally, city council members would not have been good stewards of publicly-owned property if they had refused to ensure that the city is getting the best deal it possibly can to maximize revenue, both on the sale of the property and in the future by expanding the city’s property tax base.
Is putting people behind bars the best answer for taxpayers and our communities? Wyoming Liberty Group welcomes Anthony Vibbard who will be working on this very issue. Listen as he and Amy Edmonds discusses his work on Criminal Justice Reform and some of his early impressions of Wyoming's justice system.
Every year we hear Wyoming test scores have gone up or they have gone down, but what's the REAL story? Listen in as Amy Edmonds talks with Wyoming Liberty Group's new education finance analyst Bob Nelson. He tells us his first impressions of Wyoming's school funding system and its performance results over the past decade. Year-to-year headlines can be dangerously short-sighted in the picture they show of what's happening with education in Wyoming
Join in as Bob tells us what is really happening in Wyoming when we look at test results over a longer period of time.
Bob Nelson and Amy Edmonds speak with Gary Freeman on KGAB about the serious issues around Wyoming's K-12 school finance system. Is it really true that more money equals better outcomes for students? Listen to find out.
Wyoming has been paying a ton of money for K-12 education since 2005. The reason for the heavy spending? It was a major Wyoming Supreme Court/Legislative overhaul of the way our schools were being funded to equalize spending among students.
Now we find that the consultants, on whose advice the spending was largely based, criticize the system for weak performance. Unbiased observers who look at the facts have to agree that skyrocketing spending isn’t improving results.
When Cheyenne voters rejected the city administrator proposal last fall, they reaffirmed their commitment to vote responsibly and placed a special emphasis on this year’s mayoral elections. Those same voters must now examine each candidate and vote for who is best-equipped to do the day-to-day job of managing the city. It is never an easy job, and the fact that ten people filed applications for mayor makes vetting the candidates even more difficult.