Railway Tracks

The Reasoning behind

The ROCC Contract

W​HY​ TH​IS​ CO​NTRACT​ ​IS​ I​MPORTANT

  1. Commit to voting for no new taxes.​ ​Did you know that even though Wyoming doesn’t have a state income tax, residents are still taxed at a rate of up to 40%? We are taxed on our vehicles, our property, at the gas pump, on items we purchase etc. These all add up. If we raise taxes, in particular a corporate or state income tax, this will make Wyoming less competitive. Already the coal mines are taxed on their mineral extraction so heavily that they are having a hard time making a profit as evidenced with the bankruptcy filings of late. It is easy to want bountiful social services. We want to help those that need it. Our current leadership is going to want to cut those services first. They want to prove they can’t cut anywhere but where it hurts so the public will give a loud cry. We believe they are not being earnest. The current leadership doesn’t even want a conservative on the Appropriations Committee, presumably so that this small group will make all of the state’s spending decisions. We believe there are areas to cut. One report that the governor ordered shows that there are 800 government workers for every 10,000 residents in the state. Alaska has 600 and the average across all states is 400. Why can’t we be more efficient? Education consumes 70% of our whole budget! We all want our kids to have a great education. We believe however that there are areas that the education sector can help. The easiest way to do that is to allow school choice. Competition always spurs competitive ways of getting things done. The pubic schools have their way of doing things, which costs on average $16,000 per student per year. That cost does not include the costs of the building! Recently Governor Gordon asked the school district to find a way to cut 10%. The School Administrators replied that they couldn’t. We understand that it isn’t going to be easy. However the mines have had to lay off employees and businesses in town have had to cut back. It is disingenuous for the school district not to be a team player on this.

  2. Develop a budget that balances without using Wyoming’s rainy-day funds.​ Finances are tough now. However we have been depleting our rainy day fund for 5 years now. It is time to live within our means. We need to get our spending under control. If we do this now, Wyoming will continue to prosper in the future. Or we could spend frivolously and end up driving our industries out of business and our economy into the ground. Before we begin using these saved funds, we should clearly define what is a “rainy day” so that the legislature can be held accountable for using such funds.

  3. Provide voters transparency in state spending.​ As mentioned before, the Appropriations Committee has done some fancy money handling in order to manipulate funds. It is so convoluted that only a few people in the whole state even understand it, not even the majority of the state legislatures, much less the taxpayer! This is wrong. The taxpayers should be able to know how money is being spent.

  4. Advance a Baby Born Alive bill.​ Despite where you fall on the abortion issue, we believe if a baby is outside the womb it is entitled to medical services. Last year this bill passed both the House and Senate only to be vetoed by Governor Gordon. Protecting life is foundational to respecting all life, young and old, regardless of ethnicity or social class.

  5. Advancing a bill to establish Wyoming as a 2nd Amendment Sanctuary State. Some believe this is redundant. After all we have the 2nd Amendment, right? However, this is important to not only protect against the attacks on gun ownership but also on the supply of ammunition. Gun abolitionists are choking the supply and suppliers of firearms and ammunition while at the same time anti-2nd amendment legislatures are looking for ways to tax these products until only a certain class of people can afford to protect themselves.

  6. Advance a bill to increase criminal penalties for sexual crimes against a minor and human trafficking convictions.​Even in remote Campbell County, sex offenses are on the rise and criminals are getting lenient sentences. We want to keep Wyoming a safe place to raise our children. Human trafficking is the latest form of slavery. We fought a civil war to eliminate that scourge on our society. We must keep it from rearing its ugly head once again.

  7. Advance a bill restricting the government from quarantining the healthy and forcing individuals to be vaccinated.​ With the current Covid-19 pandemic, the only thing pandemic here in Campbell County is the rights that are being violated. We are all for public health and safety. However, life is a risk. Every day, life is a risk! Car wrecks, the flu, cancer have killed more individuals in Campbell County than Covid-19. Instead, we hurt our already crippled economy, imprisoned our elderly, and inflamed mental health and addiction. We wish to handle the next health crisis allowing individuals the right to make their own risk assessment. As well as allowing individuals now to make the assessment concerning a vaccine. Science is not conclusive on the effectiveness and consequences of vaccines. There are arguments on both sides of the Vaccination issue. It is up to the individual to consider the facts.

  8. Advance a bill to allow for the recall of all elected officials in the state.​ There is no mechanism to remove an elected official whether a mayor or a governor. If an elected official is egregiously mishandling official business, there ought to be a way for constituents to remove said official without waiting for the next election cycle.

  9. Advance a bill to allow family members to visit loved ones in nursing homes. Just as nurses and janitors are screened for entry into nursing homes, individuals should be allowed to be screened to visited loved ones. Sequestering the elderly is cruel to their emotional and physical well-being. When we want to punish our worst criminals, we put them in “solitary confinement.” What have these seniors done to deserve this?

  10. Advance a voter ID bill.​ Already your one vote doesn’t feel like it holds enough weight. Diluting the voting pool with people who have moved away and neglected to update their address, are deceased, or who are not citizens of the state or our country is wrong. Citizens pay taxes and invest in the future of a community. Just like an ID is necessary when issuing a fishing license, we believe a state issued ID is all that in necessary to quell fraud. Utilizing a state or federally issued ID currently held by the voter requires no new funding or programs.