Trump budget saves taxpayer money by weeding out welfare freeloaders

For Wyo’s untaxed generations, the ‘free ride’ may be over

Trump budget saves taxpayer money by weeding out welfare freeloaders

My neighbor Nick and I got to talking the other night about Wyoming’s budget problems. With COVID-19 and the coal industry’s collapse, the governor said the state might start abandoning small towns because we can’t afford to maintain their sewers and streets.

Sundance is considering axing its entire police force because the town struggles to pay for it.

Nick and I went back and forth about spending, revenue and Wyoming’s dependence on the mining industries. Then he looked at me and said flatly: “It’s stupid that we don’t pay state income tax here.” 

I was shocked. Nick is a Trump-loving combat veteran; he had come over, in fact, to show me his Trump 2020 stiletto pocket knife. But he’s also from North Carolina, where even conservatives understand that public services police and roads aren’t free. 

It’s only in Wyoming that people seem to believe these things just fall from the sky. 

The Wyoming Legislature passed its first severance tax on mining in 1969. Ever since, our tax system has leaned more and more heavily on coal, oil and gas companies to pay the bills. As a result, entire generations have come of age in Wyoming with no experience paying state taxes the rest of our fellow Americans.  

Along with having no personal or corporate state income tax, Wyoming also has the third lowest property tax rate in the nation and the sixth lowest sales tax rate. All of this is nice, and it’s been made possible by mining companies covering Wyoming’s costs. 

In one of his last interviews, former Wyoming Gov. Stan Hathaway told journalist Sam Western: “I passed the first severance tax. I got the Permanent Mineral Trust Fund. And they’ve carried Wyoming’s expenses very well. But it bothers me that we’ve created something that the majority of people in Wyoming said, ‘My god, this is a free ride.’” 

Hathaway did not intend to give Wyomingites a free ride, however. “The truth is,” he said, “we all should pay our share of government costs.” 

Instead, Wyoming passed the severance tax desperation.

Only $80 left

In the late 1960s, Wyoming’s economy depended on another industry — agriculture — that was rapidly declining. When Hathaway checked the balance in the state’s general fund and found there was only $80, he knew he had to act before the state went flat broke.

Wyoming legislators at the time, future Gov. Ed Herschler and future U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson, initially opposed the governor’s severance tax proposal. But when Hathaway challenged them to figure out an alternative, they admitted they couldn’t, and they passed the tax.

All this might sound familiar today. 

From 20 stories up, Naughton Plant Manager Rodger Holt explains in 2018 how 225,000 tons of coal will be shuttled into the power plant near Kemmerer. (Angus M. Thuermer, Jr./WyoFile)

Wyoming currently has more than $80 in the bank. In fact, our “Rainy Day Fund” is among the richest in the nation, with roughly $1.7 billion. But the state is projecting a shortfall of $1.5 billion in revenue over the next biennium.

Coal isn’t coming back, gas is in decline, oil continues to struggle and we’re looking to be flat broke — again.

There are also a couple key differences between now and yesteryear that make our situation more difficult.

First, there does not appear to be a single revenue generator Hathaway’s severance tax that can replace our disappearing fossil fuel revenues. Taxing wind won’t do it, and neither will taxing tourism. We are going to need a variety of revenue sources to make up for what we’re losing, including — gasp — taxing ourselves.

Second, there are scant few state lawmakers Hathaway, Herschler and Simpson today who are willing to accept tough solutions to Wyoming’s budget problems. When a Republican legislator proposed a corporate income tax last year — Wyoming is one of two states in the nation with no mechanism to tax corporate profits — it wasn’t even brought up for debate.

Politicians here tend to talk about cutting spending instead of replacing lost revenues, but few offer actual solutions.

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It’s hard to blame them — after all, Wyoming is filled with people who have either lived their whole lives here never having to pay state taxes, or who came here specifically because they saw a big neon sign that said “free ride.” 

But, of course, the ride was never really free, and the mining companies that have carried the state for 50 years are now asking for their own tax breaks.

Wyoming, everywhere else, needs schools, roads, hospitals, firefighters, and other basic public services. And Nick said, believing we can have these things without paying taxes is just stupid.

Источник: https://www.wyofile.com/for-wyos-untaxed-generations-the-free-ride-may-be-over/

Do you think Donald Trump is helping America? – VA.org

Trump budget saves taxpayer money by weeding out welfare freeloaders
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Donald Trump is one of the most talked about presidents.

Those who love Trump boast about his role in economic growth, his goal-oriented immigration policies, and his commitment toward making America great.

Opponents claim that the economy was already on the upside and criticize his foreign and immigration policies.

What are your thoughts? Do you think Donald Trump is helping America?

Today is the day. Now is the moment. Vote for change.

Posted at 10:43h in Domestic Policy Issues by Editor 1,527 Comments

Donald Trump is one of the most talked about presidents.

Those who love Trump boast about his role in economic growth, his goal-oriented immigration policies, and his commitment toward making America great.

Opponents claim that the economy was already on the upside and criticize his foreign and immigration policies.

What are your thoughts? Do you think Donald Trump is helping America?

Today is the day. Now is the moment. Vote for change.

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Posted at 10:43h in Domestic Policy Issues by Editor 1,527 Comments

Donald Trump is one of the most talked about presidents.

Those who love Trump boast about his role in economic growth, his goal-oriented immigration policies, and his commitment toward making America great.

Opponents claim that the economy was already on the upside and criticize his foreign and immigration policies.

What are your thoughts? Do you think Donald Trump is helping America?

Today is the day. Now is the moment. Vote for change.

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Donald Trump is one of the most talked about presidents.

Those who love Trump boast about his role in economic growth, his goal-oriented immigration policies, and his commitment toward making America great.

Opponents claim that the economy was already on the upside and criticize his foreign and immigration policies.

What are your thoughts? Do you think Donald Trump is helping America?

Today is the day. Now is the moment. Vote for change.

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Donald Trump is one of the most talked about presidents.

Those who love Trump boast about his role in economic growth, his goal-oriented immigration policies, and his commitment toward making America great.

Opponents claim that the economy was already on the upside and criticize his foreign and immigration policies.

What are your thoughts? Do you think Donald Trump is helping America?

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Donald Trump is one of the most talked about presidents.

Those who love Trump boast about his role in economic growth, his goal-oriented immigration policies, and his commitment toward making America great.

Opponents claim that the economy was already on the upside and criticize his foreign and immigration policies.

What are your thoughts? Do you think Donald Trump is helping America?

Today is the day. Now is the moment. Vote for change.

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Posted at 10:43h in Domestic Policy Issues by Editor 1,527 Comments

Donald Trump is one of the most talked about presidents.

Those who love Trump boast about his role in economic growth, his goal-oriented immigration policies, and his commitment toward making America great.

Opponents claim that the economy was already on the upside and criticize his foreign and immigration policies.

What are your thoughts? Do you think Donald Trump is helping America?

Today is the day. Now is the moment. Vote for change.

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Posted at 10:43h in Domestic Policy Issues by Editor 1,527 Comments

Donald Trump is one of the most talked about presidents.

Those who love Trump boast about his role in economic growth, his goal-oriented immigration policies, and his commitment toward making America great.

Opponents claim that the economy was already on the upside and criticize his foreign and immigration policies.

What are your thoughts? Do you think Donald Trump is helping America?

Today is the day. Now is the moment. Vote for change.

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Twisting the Facts on a Draft Executive Order

Trump budget saves taxpayer money by weeding out welfare freeloaders

Q: Did President Donald Trump sign an executive order that prevents immigrants living in the U.S. without legal permission from receiving welfare?

A: No. Some bogus websites have twisted the facts about a draft executive order that Trump has not signed.

FULL QUESTION

Did President Trump sign an executive order that stops illegals from collecting welfare benefits?

FULL ANSWER

No. The fact is that those living in the U.S. illegally are already ineligible for federal benefits with a few exceptions.

But a story published on several unreliable websites in February falsely claimed that President Donald Trump “signed an executive order that prevents illegals from using welfare.” Skeptical users flagged a shorter version of the story published June 19 on President45DonaldTrump.com as possibly fake news.

Both versions claim that “President Trump signed an executive order according to which any illegal who lives on welfare will be sent home” and that “America will no longer accept people who come here to live on our expense.”

The stories misrepresent a Jan. 31 Washington Post article that said “the Trump administration is considering a plan to weed out would-be immigrants who are ly to require public assistance, as well as to deport — when possible — immigrants already living in the United States who depend on taxpayer help.” The Post story was about legal immigrants, not those living in the U.S. illegally.

The Post made it clear that the order was only a draft and hadn’t been signed.

Washington Post, Jan. 31: The Trump administration is considering a plan to weed out would-be immigrants who are ly to require public assistance, as well as to deport — when possible — immigrants already living in the United States who depend on taxpayer help, according to a draft executive order obtained by The Washington Post.

A second draft order under consideration calls for a substantial shake-up in the system through which the United States administers immigrant and nonimmigrant visas, with the aim of tightly controlling who enters the country and who can enter the workforce, and reducing the social services burden on U.S. taxpayers.

The drafts are circulating among administration officials, and it is unclear whether President Trump has decided to move forward with them or when he might sign them if he does decide to put them in place. The White House would not confirm or deny the authenticity of the orders, and White House officials did not respond to requests for comment about the drafts Monday and Tuesday.

According to the draft text — which is dated Jan.

23 — the order would, among other things, “deny admission to any alien who is ly to become a public charge; identify and remove, as expeditiously as possible, any alien who has become a public charge and is subject to removal; and seek reimbursement from all sponsors of immigrants for the costs of federal means-tested public benefits provided to sponsored immigrants.”

Federal law already states that “an individual who is ly at any time to become a public charge is inadmissible to the United States and ineligible to become a legal permanent resident.” That’s according to the U.S.

Citizenship and Immigration Services, which defines a public charge as “an individual who is ly to become primarily dependent on the government for subsistence, as demonstrated by either the receipt of public cash assistance for income maintenance or institutionalization for long-term care at government expense.”

The draft order says that has been the rule “for over a century,” but claims that “past administrations in recent years have failed to enforce this policy.”

In addition, federal law says that an immigrant in the country illegally “is not eligible for any Federal public benefit” with few exceptions.

They can only receive emergency medical care; short-term, non-cash emergency disaster relief; limited testing and treatment for communicable diseases; in-kind community programs soup kitchens or crisis counseling, as specified by the attorney general; and limited housing or community development assistance to those already receiving it in 1996.

Yet, one version of the viral stories claims, without evidence, that “Former President Barack Obama allowed illegals in America to apply and get on welfare.”

Trump did declare at a campaign-style rally on June 21 that “I believe the time has come for new immigration rules which say that those seeking admission into our country must be able to support themselves financially and should not use welfare for a period of at least five years.” He added, “And we’ll be putting in legislation to that effect very shortly.”

That would presumably be in addition to the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, which President Bill Clinton signed in 1996. It blocks many legal immigrants from receiving a range of federal benefits for five years.

Trump’s proposed FY 2018 budget, which was released in May, calls for controlling the cost of benefits paid to immigrant-headed households. But it offered no details on how that would be accomplished beyond reducing the number of refugees, curbing illegal immigration and increasing merit-based legal immigration.

But Trump has not “signed an executive order that prevents illegals from using welfare.”

Editor’s note: FactCheck.org is one of several organizations working with  to help identify and label viral fake news stories flagged by readers on the social media network.

Sources

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Moore, Rachel. “President Trump Signed An Executive Order That Prevents Illegals From Using Welfare.” Worldpoliticus.com. 1 Feb 2017.

Laney, Joseph. “UPDATE: Trump Announces Addition To Illegal Ban, Any Immigrant Found On Welfare DEPORTED.” Conservativedailypost.com. 31 Jan 2017.

“President Trump Signed An Executive Order That Prevents Illegals From Using Welfare.” President45donaldtrump.com. 19 Jun 2017.

Hauslohner, Abigail, and Ross, Janell. “Trump administration circulates more draft immigration restrictions, focusing on protecting U.S. jobs.” Washington Post. 31 Jan 2017.

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Источник: https://www.factcheck.org/2017/06/twisting-facts-draft-executive-order/

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