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Bill Winney

This write up is dated yet still relevant to our legislature of today

Republican – Senate District 14

 

Our Legislature has a "Spending Problem"   

Beginning about 2005, state revenues from energy began a climb and the legislature found many ways to spend these revenues. Beginning about 2017, Wyoming was in real trouble with the tumble in energy revenues. The follow-on inflation in energy prices gave the legislature a breather as inflation raised revenues. Yet the fundamental issue was that for each of two years some $900M was taken out of savings, thus it remains that the legislature has spending problems. I will work to control spending.

 

I have heard many retirees speak of the lack of a COLA for their pensions. I believe that represents a breach of faith. Over the years I have observed the legislature address pay raises for key employees yet somehow when a COLA is brought up it often just fades away. Our retirees on Social Security have a COLA based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics CPI-W. Over the past 20 years or so this means that stipend has doubled. I will work to get Wyoming to face up to this for its retirees. Recognize that not having a COLA adjustment allows the legislature to reap the benefits of a declining worth in pensions and thus fund other projects.

 

Sublette County has been working on a hospital for some years, yet it seems elusive. The recent loan approval is a very good sign. Our Hospital District board is in the driver’s seat. I will continue to work with them to keep this on track.

Note: they are well underway now.

 

When it comes to transparency I dig my heels in when faced with a liberal-progressive kind of governing mentality. This kind of governing presumes that once in authority legislators may do anything they desire "because it's for the people's own good anyway." In other words they believe they have the moral high ground just because they were elected.

 

 

 

I ask for your vote in the August 2024 Primary Election.

Bill Winney Senate District 20

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

    

 

 

  

Voting with your Feet

Seems California is losing business because of its business climate

Turns out that California is losing out on container shipping because of its business climate. This is in part influenced by the newly widened Panama Canal enabling trans-Pacific shipping to go directly to US Gulf and East Coast destinations. The widened Panama Canal opened for business in 2016. In other words the business climate that a state government creates by the legislation it passes makes a difference. When a state assumes that they are indispensable the world around them can change.

 

As Wyoming goes forward in seeking to solve its revenue problems it must carefully consider what kind of things it imposes on businesses. I will keep a close eye on such proposed legislation and ensure businesses are not hobbled in some way.

 

The Port of Savanna is mentioned in the above linked article. I saw the beginnings of the Port of Charleston's container shipping efforts while operating a submarine out of the Navy's Charleston Weapons Station. The business then was pretty hefty and dredging of the channel was in progress to accommodate the larger ships that the widened Panama Canal would bring. Notably the Porsche company (Volkswagen AG is the parent firm) had set up Charleston as its US terminal in that era.

 

California is in more trouble than just their taxpayers leaving.

 

Pro-Life

I believe that life begins at conception and should proceed until a natural death. Children are part of life, when they become inconvenient, we have lost our soul... The fable of the Pied Piper comes to mind...

 

 

 


2nd Amendment

I believe the Second Amendment is simple and clear. There are many efforts that nibble around the edges of it. I do not agree. Red Flag laws are just this kind of nibbling. Our nation's laws have long required a judicial determination to take away someone's rights. In the end "Shall not be infringed" means what it says.

 

NRA member.

 

Law Enforcement Funding

There is much going around on "defunding law enforcement." I doubt that will take root here in Wyoming, but here is an example of something Law Enforcement does that seems out of the mainstream, yet is just the kind of thing they do as a way of supporting society. Keep in mind that this Park Ranger was physically fit and strong. There's a reason they keep themselves fit like this.

 

At the end of the day say a prayer for these men and women that are out there doing things like this:

"[Lexie Daniel needs] to make a huge shoutout to a Park Ranger at Mt Tammany in NJ. His name is K. Salapek. Upon heading back down from our hike, we see a dog panting with heat exhaustion laying on the ground. A Park Ranger was with him. We gave them the water we had left, but were afraid that would do little help with how much the dog was already struggling. This Park Ranger picked up this huge dog, threw him over his shoulders, and carried him down an incredibly rocky hill all the way down to the stream (it was a LONG distance) and laid him in the water as he knelt beside him and poured water on him. The ranger then picked him back up over his shoulders and walked all the way back down towards the street with this heavy dog. This was a couple miles of an incredibly rocky path. This ranger SAVED this dogs life. This is a HERO. This dog probably wouldn’t have made it without him. We are so lucky to have Rangers like this that put even animals before themselves. This Ranger deserves insane recognition and a standing ovation for his bravery, selflessness, and strength

***clarification: dog was not not dumped. Owner was there also and visibly upset, just couldn’t carry the dog himself****"

(This was taken from a Facebook post.)

 

 

State budget

We are now facing a truly draconian future. Clearly the legislature should have taken some small cuts in spending in previous years... well, "woulda, shoulda, coulda..."

How do we go forward now with what we have. That is the problem the Legislature must solve.

A recent analysis of state funds indicates that Wyoming may exhaust savings before the next Budget Session convenes. Then it has been said recently that Wyoming may not be able to meet payroll. This is a tough time coming.

Recent news articles have spoken to this. Specifically Gov Gordon has directed a 20% cut in spending by the State. Will that be enough? In all likelihood... No, yet it is the start. The Legislature must look carefully into budgets. There will be a tendency to "slash & burn." That must be avoided, even though it has some emotional appeal.

 

Covid-19 $$

Louise & I received the Covid-19 money. We began looking around to make sure we spent it locally. We decided to buy local beef & pork... but then we needed another freezer to put it in. Hm-m-m... A to Z Hardware in Pinedale: come back in August: Hunters in Afton: Maybe late July: Home Depot & Lowes... well, sometime in the summer.

 

Scarce as hen's teeth...So how can you spend money locally when the freezers are just not out there to be had?

 

Then called Allred's Appliance in Afton... They had some coming in! Great, put a deposit on one! Picked it up today (Wednesday 6/3), got it home, wrassled it out of the Suburban onto the Ranger, drove it down to the basement level, wrassled it off the Ranger and into the basement door... slow but sure I got it into the basement... Louise likes it!!

 

By the way, Allred's in Afton had a better price than Home Depot's advertised price for the same model by $100...

Now to get going on the beef & pork... I hear Thayne has a good place...

 

 

 

 

 

Resolution of the 65th Legislature

Commending My Service to the Legislature

Resolution Commending Bill Winney 

 

 I thank Speaker Harshman and President Perkins.


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