Bills and Status

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Medicaid Expansion Proving to Be a Failure

It has been six years since the sweeping healthcare legislation “Obamacare” passed. In that time states have grappled with the prospect of instating their own exchanges to cover all adults living within 138 percent of the federal poverty line. The feds have dangled 100 percent matching funds until 2016 and 90 percent after that for […]

States Medicaid Experience

“Medicaid was designed as a safety net for our nation’s poorest and sickest people,” Rep. Joe Pitts, R-PA, chairman of the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, said during a hearing on March 18, 2013. “States are already struggling to serve this core population. “Increasingly, doctors simply can’t afford to treat Medicaid patients. Is it fair […]

Medicaid Expansion

Wyoming politicians, who support Medicaid Expansion, advocate for expansion saying that (1) the federal government will grant Wyoming a “trigger” which will allow Wyoming to shut down the expanded portion of Medicaid if the “trigger” is reached, and (2) if Wyoming does not expand Medicaid the money hardworking Wyoming taxpayers sent to Washington will be […]

Wyoming Accountability and Ethics

Wyoming has not done well in accountability measures. Wyoming ranked 49th in the Better Government Association/Alper Services Integrity Index. (Here is a copy of this index: http://www.bettergov.org/bga-alper-integrity-index.) Meanwhile, Wyoming received an F grade and ranked 49th nationwide in the Center for Public Integrity’s 2015 study of accountability in state governments? There are several different categories […]

Attorney General

Wyoming is one of only five states where the Attorney General is appointed by the Governor. I believe that the attorney general should be an elected position so that the office will be accountable to the people. Since 2004 there have been at least three legislative attempts to change the attorney general to an elected […]

Wyoming Budget

The Wyoming state budget is out of control. One of the reasons for this is the structure of the budget process. The process starts with each agency submitting their standard budget. In order to do this, the previous biennium’s budget is used as the baseline with a percentage increase for inflation.. We need to move […]

Refugee Resettlement in Wyoming

I oppose any refugee resettlement in Wyoming. President Obama plans on allowing a minimum of 50,000 Syrian refugees to enter the United States by the end of his term. The Director of the FBI James Comey told Congress in October 2015 it is impossible to know who these people are. Below is a piece of […]

Fighting Unconstitutional, Illegal Federal Actions

Fighting Unconstitutional, illegal Federal Actions: Wyoming needs to fight the Obama administration’s war on Wyoming’s way of life. For example, the so-called “Clean Power Plan” forces states to cut nationwide carbon emissions by 32% from 2005 levels by 2030. Under this rule, Wyoming would be forced to cut its emissions by 44% by 2030. This […]