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In the following articles and event summaries, Dr. Taylor Haynes offers his opinions, insights and observations on important events and issues in the news.

Friday, April 6, 2018 3:23 PM

2018 Tax Pledge

I have studied the Wyoming budget, income streams and spending practices carefully for the past few years. Serving two terms on the UW Board of Trustees provided great insight into the budgeting relationship between the state agencies and the Governor, and thus, I've developed a clear understanding of our budget.

The 2018-2020 biennial spending plan is very frustrating. (When drunken Sailors run out of money they quit spending!) The people of Wyoming have spoken loudly and clearly that they are not interested in more or higher taxes. We cannot tax our way to prosperity.

I can pledge the following: I will not sign, and will veto, any bill that will raise any tax, or create any new tax, or support any new revenue stream having the effect of a tax. This pledge is good for my entire term as Governor of Wyoming.

You can see more about my pledge and the economic reasons for it on the website of Sven Larson, author of the Wyoming Prosperity Project, and leading economists here in the state.

http://www.thewyomingprosperityproject.com/2018/03/the-state-of-wyoming-economy.html 



Thursday, March 22, 2018 3:37 PM

Wyoming Deserves Fiscal Responsibility

Over the past few months I have been addressing the need for true fiscal responsibility in state government. But Wyoming citizens also deserve fiscal conservatism: being responsible means that no matter what improvements we make to the economy we do not spend more than we make. That is bad business. Some of the other candidates have mimicked my thoughts on this matter, but they shy away from real fiscal conservatism: which means that you solve the budget problem on the spending side, not the revenue side.

The people of Wyoming deserve more than hazy ambitions. They deserve concrete ideas that deliver results. I suggest two reasonable steps that should be taken immediately.

Unlike most other states, Wyoming does not have a strong audit process that compares what was spent with what was allocated. Under my watch this will take place, and I will use what other states have utilized to make this possible: a fully transparent, easy to understand account of every line item in the budget, so that everyone - not just budget experts - can track expenses and allocations. This will help us know exactly how much is appropriated, and how much is spent, on everything government is involved in.

I will also push hard to merge the revenue and appropriations committees. Instead of having one committee controlling spending and another monitoring revenue, Wyoming needs a budget committee that oversees both so that the two can be correlated at every step. Doing it otherwise is similar to going shopping for a new car without knowing what is in the bank.
These two steps are not complicated, but they provide results. And we need results over rhetoric. I'm proud to deliver for the people of Wyoming.



Saturday, March 3, 2018 4:25 PM

Gubernatorial Candidate Addresses Carbon County Residents - Haynes: Penitentiary Should Be Moved, Not Fixed

By Mathew McKay
mmckay@rawlinstimes.com

Carbon County residents received some early insight from a Republican candidate for governor during a public forum Thursday evening. Candidate Taylor Haynes took questions from the audience during the pubic forum and addressed topics dealing with the Wyoming State Penitentiary, education and the wilderness study areas at the Carbon County Fairgrounds Multiplex.


Sunday, February 25, 2018 8:36 AM

Opinion: Keeping Schools Safe

A recurring question I’m faced with as I travel the state, and one that has extra significance right now, is “what should we do to keep our schools safe?” The Park County School Board has been grappling with this question, and has put forth a proposal that would allow the teachers to carry concealed weapons on school grounds after receiving training.

The policy says, “An employee who receives approval by the Board to carry a firearm pursuant to this policy shall only fire his or her firearm if he or she reasonably perceives that his or her life, or the life or lives of others, are in imminent risk of death or serious bodily injury.” I support the excellent efforts of Park County to keep their students safe!

Currently, there are eighteen states that allow adults to carry guns on school property with school permission.

Teachers who are willing and able to complete the training should be allowed to carry a concealed weapon. Of course the choice to do so belongs to the teacher. Teachers will know if they are comfortable with such a choice, and as I have said before in other areas, I trust our teachers to do the right thing for their students.

 


Monday, February 19, 2018 8:35 AM

Opinion: UW Science Initiative Building

In his proposed budget, governor Mead is supporting the release of $100 million dollars to begin construction on the Science Initiative Building at the University of Wyoming. Senator Eli Bebout has said that he will oppose the funding as it is “not the right time.”

I served on the UW board of trustees for 12 years, and I support Senator Bebout’s position on this issue completely. UW has faced $42 million in cuts to date. The staff and faculty have not had raises in years, and the President reports that they have slightly less than 400 filled positions since the decline. It is past time for the University of Wyoming to focus on people, not buildings.

A new science building will not make UW a tier 1 facility as Mead claims. Investing that money in faculty that deliver world shaping research, and in our students who are the future of this state, and in the staff that provide critical support, is the only responsible way to deliver that money to UW. Let me reiterate, great buildings do not make a great university, great minds do.

 


Sunday, February 18, 2018 8:27 AM

Opinion: The Impact of Federal Management on Wyoming Forests

The most common reason given against assuming control of our federally managed lands is the claim that the state cannot afford them. The example used to promote this view is the growing cost of wildfire suppression. This claim ignores the central problem: mismanagement that has resulted in the disastrous state we find our forests in. Anyone who has driven through our state has witnessed the pine beetle epidemic that plagues our forests. By systematically refusing to remove dead or dying timber the Forest Service has left our treasured forests at a tipping point.



Monday, February 12, 2018 4:22 PM

Dr. Taylor Haynes, Wyoming’s Gubernatorial Candidate, Is A TRUE Constitutionalist

If ever there was a list of gubernatorial candidates who would strictly adhere to the Constitution, the list would be small. But joining Dr. Ron Paul is Dr. Taylor Haynes, who would like to see Wyoming succeed by giving people liberty.

Not even two weeks ago, Dr. Haynes did an interview with Glenn Woods from KGAB radio in Cheyenne, in which he said:

"The Constitution was weighing heavily and being lost and when I could see how the primary was going…I really wanted to keep that particular message out there. Because over the years starting in the late ’80’s pushing back on people like Bill Clinton…I could see that state sovereignty was an issue. If we were under the Constitution, we wouldn’t have some of the problems we’re facing in this very day."


Thursday, February 8, 2018 12:00 AM

Gubernatorial candidate Taylor Haynes on the topic of mineral royalties

Dr. Taylor Haynes, who is seeking the Republican nomination for governor, plans to speak at the Riverton Library this Friday.


Thursday, February 1, 2018 12:00 AM

Haynes Joins GOP Governors Primary


Tuesday, January 23, 2018 12:00 AM

Taylor Haynes Enters Race for Governor

Taylor Haynes, who ran in 2014, will seek the Republican nomination for governor. Haynes, a Cheyenne rancher, businessman and retired surgeon, is running for office to promote Wyoming's sovereignty and the need to establish a constitutional relationship with the Federal Government.


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