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Old 03-05-2014, 08:27 PM
 
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Just came across this on they Wyoming Public Radio News...
President's Budget Calls for Cutting Fossil Fuel Tax Breaks | Wyoming Public Media


How would this impact the economy of Wyoming? Good or not?
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Old 03-05-2014, 10:07 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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If I understand it correctly, Wyoming would loose money.

Again, if I understand it correctly, our extractive industry is taxed. That tax money is divided between the Fed and the State. Our biggest problem has been that the money is collected and sent to the Fed and then we have to petition to get our share back. To me, that is backwards. The state should collect it, and at the end of the year, we send in what we think is their share. That's the way all other taxes are done. You and I figure out what we owe and send it in.

Last year there was a state legislature that proposed exactly that. Wyoming collecting, taking their cut, and then sending in the rest. A couple years ago, the money was collected by the feds and somewhere along the line, Wyoming was left off the list of states to be refunded money. It took several months to get the money back to the state and then it wasn't close to what the state was owed. So hopefully, somebody is keeping a closer eye on it now.

I try not to be political in my posts, but I've got to say this. It seems that these cost savings, and state shortages are directed at states that didn't vote for Obama. It's like we are being punished. Kind of like the IRS scandal that is now starting to show that it is much more widespread than originally thought. It wasn't simply a couple of Tea Party groups, it was a major targeting of a very large number of groups that have vocalized against Obama.
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Old 03-05-2014, 10:53 PM
 
Location: Secure Bunker
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The article says:

"At the same time, Obama suggests increasing discretionary funding for the Bureau of Land Management’s oil and gas program by 18 percent to speed up permit requests while strengthening oversight and enforcement of industry operations. The increase would be paid for in part by charging industry more for inspections."

First, permitting will NOT be sped up... that's just a bogus selling point. Progressives absolutely detest the coal and oil industries with perpendicular rigidity so the idea that they will 'speed up' permitting on federal lands in laughable on its face.

Second, when they say " strengthening oversight and enforcement of industry operations" they man more regulations and more cost to the producers. That's a loser for Wyoming.

But what REALLY irks me is that all of this new regulation will be created inside the bowels of the EPA... not one molecule of it having gone through the legislative process. Not one of these new regulations will be debated or voted on in congress... YET each and every one of these new regulations will carry the weight of law. You violate these regulations you pay up to uncle Sam or, worse, get charged with a crime. I call it Creeping Fascism but the proper term for it would be Fabian Socialism.

That's the problem with these satellite 'bureaus' and 'departments'... they all create new 'laws' out of thin air, in the privacy of quiet conference rooms, completely bypassing congress. Perhaps the most egregious example is Obamacare. The Department of Health and Human services has already created over 10,500 pages of new regulations since it passed... not one of them through the legislature and all of them carry the power and force of law. And yet nobody ever mentions a word about this aspect of the law. These new EPA regs work in exactly the same way... No congressional input but YOU better obey.

Sorry EH! ... this is a hot button issue with me.
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Old 03-05-2014, 11:29 PM
 
Location: Aiea, Hawaii
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And part of that 2015 budget is to cut the military, especially the Army to Pre-WWII manning levels. Close more bases. I heard a rumor on the grapevine that Warren AFB is on that list, if that is true? That will have a big effect on the Cheyenne. The Medical Center at Warren AFB, is also the Tri-Care center for retired military members for all of Wyoming Resident Veterans.
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Old 03-06-2014, 06:36 AM
 
Location: In a city
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Oh I have no doubt you are correct in your observations EH... Obama has denied that there is any "targeting" or "smidgen" of evidence that conservatives are being singled out and punished, but yes, the IRS and Lois Lerner.... it's hard to deny when the evidence is in black and white.

I sure hope this fall shows some big changes and gives a conservative House and Senate... not that that would stop O...he has a pen and a phone, and will gladly make his own rules (Obamacare...prime example)...


What worries me is how the states' funding of infrastructure, education, and the like will be affected.

p.s. No need to apologize Tyster... more people need to pay attention to what is going on... So much of the country is like the right hand not knowing what the left hand is up to these days.
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Old 03-06-2014, 01:53 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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And part of that 2015 budget is to cut the military, especially the Army to Pre-WWII manning levels. Close more bases. I heard a rumor on the grapevine that Warren AFB is on that list, if that is true? That will have a big effect on the Cheyenne. The Medical Center at Warren AFB, is also the Tri-Care center for retired military members for all of Wyoming Resident Veterans.
Scott
This week, the Senate shot down expanded Veterans Benefits. Currently, if a soldier comes back with serious PTSD issues, he gets counseling and rightfully so. How about his wife and kids? Shouldn't they be counseled too? Maybe some do's and don'ts around the home, things they can do to help the veteran out? Right now, the only family counseling available is to Veterans of 9/11. No other war rates counseling for families. During the discussion, it was also talked about with all the military cutbacks, they needed to cut back on vet benefits too.

Actually, Warren wouldn't be that bad of a cut. Yes, it would definately hurt the local economy, but militarily, it would be a wise cut. Ellsworth AFB could do double duty and take care of everything Warren does. However, a couple years ago, they had Ellsworth and Warren, both on the chopping block. If you take away both of them, now I see trouble.

i am sure that you know Froggie, Wyoming is at the top of the list when it comes to schools and education. If they tamper with that funding, we could be in serious trouble. I don't have kids in school anymore, but my grandkids are here using the schools. Community support is outstanding. When the Highschool Choir has a concert, the places (500+ seats) is packed and there is standing room only. Where I grew up, the choir would have a concert and the crowd consisted of parents that were required to be there. haha We are just too remote and that funding is needed for the schools. Because of our remoteness, it takes good funding to keep programs running. In the big citys, one school basketball team loads up and drives 8 miles to play against another school team. Here, the team loads up and travels 300 miles to play the game on Friday night. In the bigger citys they can share the resources. Who do we share with?

They say that once a price goes up, it will never come down. This seems to me that the outward appearence is he wants to think that the prices are coming down, when in fact, they are going up but being spread thinner with more programs to support.
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