State of Wyoming Archives: on Government Reform


Merav Ben-David: Need to pass HEROES Act to get through COVID

Tens of thousands of Wyomingites lost their jobs and their health care over the past half year -- my first priority will be to pass bills like the HEROES Act that will help them get through the current crisis. As senator, I'll also work to pass a federal jobs guarantee bill. We'll reduce unemployment, reclaim our landscapes, and modernize our infrastructure, all at the same time.
Source: Rocket Miner on 2020 Wyoming Senate race Sep 30, 2020

Mark Gordon: One-time bonus to retain state employees

Let me sum up this problem: We continually need to train new employees, who then become better candidates for positions in other states with better pay scales. This is unacceptably expensive, and it is costly. We should be thinking about keeping the people who know what to do and how to do it. I have proposed a one-time bonus aimed at recognizing and retaining talent. If we truly want to reduce government, we can only do it with motivated people who know how to do their jobs.
Source: 2020 State of the State Address to 65th Wyoming legislature Feb 10, 2020

Gary Trauner: Stop the harmful lobbying games with government

Instead of the DC Playbook of being beholden to lobbyists and narrow corporate interests, I will:
Source: 2018 Wyoming Senatorial campaign website TraunerForWY.com Feb 22, 2018

Gary Trauner: Work hard to take the stink out of bad policies & laws

Source: 2018 Wyoming Senatorial campaign website TraunerForWY.com Feb 22, 2018

Matt Mead: 6% reduction for most agencies; 10% for Governor's Office

I have recommended a reduction to the standard budget of over 6%. This reduces ongoing spending by over $60 million a year. I took it agency by agency--not an across the board cut. I wanted to lead by example, so my proposal has a 10% reduction for the Governor's Office and Governor's Residence--hard to do but doable. Some state agencies have 8% reductions, some less. For community colleges and the University, the reduction is about 6%. My recommendations also reduce the size of government, eliminating 86 vacant positions.

Regarding budget reductions, we know that some feel they are too deep. We also know that some in the Legislature feel they need to be deeper. For those who feel more cuts are needed, this session is the time to weigh in, not with conceptual ideas, but with specific cuts to specific agencies and programs. I have made my recommendations and I look forward to seeing your budget reductions.

Source: 2013 State of the State Speech to Wyoming Legislature Jan 9, 2013

Tim Chesnut: Spending limits on state level political campaigns

Source: Wyoming 2004 Congressional National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2004

Dave Freudenthal: Limit campaign contributions but not campaign spending

Q: Do you support limiting individual contributions to state candidates?

A: Yes

Q: Do you support requiring full disclosure of campaign finance information?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?

A: No.

Q: Do you support voting on-line?

A: Yes.

Source: 2002 Wyoming Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2002

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V.P.Joe Biden (D-DE)
Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
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Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
CEO Andrew Yang (D-NY)

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Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
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Howard Schultz(I-WA)
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Pres.Donald Trump(R-NY)
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Gov.John Hickenlooper (D-CO)
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