Over the years I have watched Wyoming's economy go up and down, with very little ever being accomplished to fix the problem. Look at the last governor's proposal, broadband internet. I still don't know how that is going to entice more businesses into Wyoming. My favorite is the idea of a state income tax, because once they start that the public is going to start requiring better representation.
Once again, the best idea I can come up with is to fix the prison system. If the governor would start signing commutations, the turnaround on the cost versus the new tax base would be phenomenal. Plus, with this aging inmate population, the cost of keeping an inmate alive is going to increase greatly.
Take me, for example. One year ago I was diagnosed with colon cancer. I wrote to then-Gov. Matt Mead asking for a commutation. I have been locked up for more than 24 years for the death of Cheryl Varner. Now I understand I am here for punishment, that there is no rehabilitation in this state, but this would have saved the state of Wyoming hundreds of thousands of dollars. I was denied. At what point in time does the cost exceed the need for punishment? Think of it this way -- once an inmate is no longer a threat to society, then what is the point of continued punishment? I have been locked up for so long now prison is more than punishment. It is amazing what a person can get used to in life.