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Liberty
Index
Giving money and power to government
is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.

-- P.J. O'Rourke

What's this site for?

The Wyoming Liberty Index provides a service to Wyoming citizens. It allows you quickly to discover whether your Senator and Representative in Cheyenne support liberty. We do the tedious research for you! See the index pages below, starting with the most recent year.

The Index also serves as a "How'm I doing?" check for current legislators, and reminds them (one hopes) to make liberty a prime consideration in their votes.

Tips for legislators

Just in case there are legislators who want to improve their support for liberty, we have a few suggestions.

The Index Pages

The Indexes for the following legislative sessions are available:

LegislatureBudget SessionGeneral Session
63rd20162015 Coming January 13
62nd20142013
61st20122011
60th20102009
59th20082007
58th20062005
57th20042003

A diversion: Government spending in Wyoming

Discretionary spending trend graphic

This graphic shows the spending trends for discretionary ("Type 3") spending over several recent bienniums. Yes, it has roughly tripled in 10 years. The 05-06 biennium alone saw an incredible 55% increase.

The source for this information is a Legislative Services Office (LSO) study.

Nor does Wyoming compare well with other states. In a study of state government direct spending growth between 2000 and 2010, in real dollars per capita (to eliminate the effects of population growth and inflation), Wyoming grew 61%, making it the fourth largest state for growth in government spending. Wyoming increased government spending faster than alleged "big government" states like New York (41%, 19th in the nation), California (42%, 16th) and Illinois (57%, 5th).

Similarly, over the same period, Wyoming's per capita tax take grew 52%, making it number three in the nation.

In 2011, the Mercatus Center ranked Wyoming 36 among the 50 states in overall freedom, down from the top ten as recently as 2007.

Meanwhile, in 2014 Wallet Hub ranked Wyoming as the best state in which to be a taxpayer.

Our so-called "conservative" legislature is taxing and spending money like there is no tomorrow. None of this helps freedom.

Nuts & Bolts

A discussion on methodology.

Find out your Representative and Senator. General Wyoming Legislator Information

The Wyoming Legislature website.
The Wyoming legislative leadership and committee assignments.

Volunteers Wanted! Please contact us if you would like to help. It isn't all that hard, and you will learn a lot in the process.

News

July, 2014: The 2014 Index is released.

October, 2013. The 2013 Liberty Index was released at an event at the Wyoming Liberty Group offices.

August, 2012: Gun Owners of America cited the Wyoming Liberty Index in an email in support of a Wyoming primary candidate.

May, 2012: The 2012 Liberty Index was released early in May. This is one of the earliest releases we've ever made. Having a budget session didn't hurt, but having the new web based intake system helped a lot.

May, 2012: The Wyoming Liberty Index is now sponsored by Republic Free Choice, a 501 (c) (4) non-profit educational organization.

December, 2011: Bug fix! A bug in the category software erroneously put 118 bills for 2011 into two incorrect categories. 2011 spreadsheets and other material have been updated. Ratings and scores are not affected.

October, 2011: 2011 Index released, with many improvements.

September, 2010: 2010 Index released.

August, 2010: Wyoming Liberty Group takes over Wyoming Liberty Index, makes it a project. Thank you, Paul, for getting this started.

October, 2009: The final 2009 Index is published.

August, 2008: The final 2008 Index is published, along with a correction of the 2007 Index.

June, 2007: The final 2007 Index is published.

June, 2006: The final 2006 Index is published.

April, 2006: A preliminary 2006 Index is published.

October, 2005: The final 2005 Index is published.

July, 2005: Michael Hendricks comes on board, to help with rating bills.

February 26, 2005: The Wyoming Liberty Index gets a dedicated web site.

February 12, 2005: The final 2004 Index is published.

January, 2005: Bryan Thompson comes on board, to help automate the bill processing.

August 9, 2004: Wyoming Liberty Index cited in the Casper Star-Tribune.

Summer 2004: Wyoming Liberty Index cited in the Casper Journal voter's guide. (Article no longer on line, 2012-02-02.)


Of liberty I would say that, in the whole plenitude of its extent, it is unobstructed action according to our will. But rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law,' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual.
-- Thomas Jefferson to Isaac H. Tiffany, 1819

Other favorite quotes on Liberty

Useful Links

The following are a few web sites also concerned in one way or another with liberty in Wyoming.

Contact info (includes some background on Wyoming Liberty Index associates).

All the material in the Wyoming Liberty Index website is copyrighted. The author however grants everyone unconditional right to copy and distribute unmodified results or text from this site. To copy and distribute modified results (i.e., results derived from re-ranking bills in the spreadsheets) requires prior permission.

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