State of Wyoming Archives: on Tax Reform


Bill Dahlin: Taxes shouldn't be the "go to" in bust times: must diversify

What is my stance on raising taxes? Let's look at this from a business perspective. In my business, if I am having a tough year, do I go out and ask my customers for more money on my services? No, I get creative, innovative, cut expenses, and look for different revenue sources... diversify. In Wyoming, we need to save more in the boom times and push hard for diversification. Not push for diversification and look at taxing in bust times.
Source: 2018 Wyoming gubernatorial website DahlinForGovernor.com Sep 18, 2018

Mark Gordon: Reorganize government instead of raising taxes

[Asked about revenue], "I'm absolutely about economic diversification," Gordon said, but "I don't think we need to raise taxes. There are other ways. We can reorganize government." Gordon has not signed a no-tax pledge.

He acknowledged the question will arise if Wyoming chooses to grow beyond the minerals industry. "If we are committed to diversifying into other sectors that will not augment our mineral industry," he said, "then we're going to have to talk about what that tax structure means."

Source: Casper Star-Tribune on 2018 Wyoming gubernatorial race Jun 9, 2018

Gary Trauner: Wealthy need to pay their fair share; no more tax dodging

No one should ever have to pay a penny more in taxes than necessary to responsibly fund our government. However, pitching in paying a fair share of taxes to support our country is our Patriotic Duty. When billionaires and corporations hire expensive accountants and lawyers to "move" money to tax they ensure that the rest of us pay more in taxes or that our government must borrow more to pay for services. Frankly, this is Un-Patriotic and Un-American.
Source: 2018 Wyoming Senatorial campaign website TraunerForWY.com Feb 22, 2018

Matt Mead: Wyoming is #1 state for good tax climate

During a time when so many had credit ratings drop, our state's credit rating went up--to the highest (triple A) rating. Conservative budgeting and forecasting practices were cited for the upgrade. A report from The Tax Foundation recently put Wyoming at #1 of states with good tax climates. We have over $14 billion dollars in assets and can build on savings again this year while continuing to invest for future success through wise appropriations. Wyoming remains strong financially.
Source: Wyoming 2012 State of the State Address Feb 13, 2012

Jim Geringer: One-year 1/2% reduction in sales tax

The Governor [can] order a one-hlaf percent reduction in sales and use taxes if general fund balances meet certain criteria. The reduction would be only for one year, and even though it might make sales tax accounting for our retailers difficult, it would put some $80M back in the pockets of the people who have earned the money. I will support a reduction in the sales tax if the Legislature leaves the required balance of $35 million in the General Fund.
Source: 2001 State of the State Address to Wyoming Legislature Jan 10, 2001

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