Significant Achievements

2016

  • Developed a long-range communication and outreach plan for the Wyoming Taxpayers Association to increase public education and awareness of important issues affecting business and citizens’ way of life in Wyoming.
  • Supported the passage of HB 8 – Property Tax Assessment Test Rate which revised the authority of the Department of Revenue and its rules related to the appraisal methods of county assessors and ensures appropriate tests will be used to minimize over-assessment of residential property.
  • Supported HD 53 – Special Districts Task Force that created an 11-person task force to study the operation of special districts in the state.  Special districts have been on the WTA’s radar for years, specifically for issues of inequity, imbalance, and non-transparency (accountability) - three key principles within the WTA Cornerstones of Taxation.
  • Opposed SF 68 – BUDGET SHORTFALL MEASURES, specifically for the provision that put the Consensus Revenue Estimating Group into law.  The WTA took a position to oppose putting the CREG into law because of the potential for unintended consequences. Particularly, as it could politicize the revenue forecasting process through the appointment of members by the governor and legislative management council.

 

2015

  • Championed SF 42 – Task Force on Mineral Taxes which led to the creation of a select committee to study and simplify the mineral product taxation.
  • Supported HB 25 which conditionally extended the sunset date of sales and use tax exemption on railroad rolling stock repair.  WTA advocated for enhanced reporting requirements, econometric analysis, and a sunset date.
  • Supported passage of HB 44 which extended the imposition of the 911 emergency tax to prepaid wireless cellular phone customers who use the service but were previously not contributing to help fund it.
  • Supported HB 51 which amended and updated the definition of a well site for more accurate accounting and taxation.
  • Provided testimony which aided in the defeat of HB 84, a bill that would have imposed an additional tax levy on all property for a general conservation tax and water specific purpose tax.
  • Opposed HB 140 that would have imposed an additional $0.17 per gallon on malt beverage.
  • Opposed HB 173 – Tobacco Tax Revisions which proposed increasing tobacco taxes on cigarettes by $0.65 per pack and increasing state excise tax on other tobacco products by 130%.

 

2014

  • Supported HB 22 which reduced the interest rate assessed on underpaid severance and ad valorem tax.  The testimony and discussion ultimately led to the interim discussion on simplifying the state’s mineral taxation structure.
  • Supported HB 69 which equalized the tax for alternative fuels by creating a gasoline gallon equivalency measure for compressed natural gas (CNG) and a diesel gallon equivalent for liquefied natural gas (LNG).
  • Facilitated two meetings with mineral tax stakeholders to identify problems with the current mineral taxation structure and develop strategies that would simplify the taxation process.  The Joint Revenue Interim Committee undertook mineral tax simplification as its number one priority.

2013

  • Championed HB 69 Highway Funding - a $.10 increase
  • Championed SF 30 Special Districts bringing more transparency to special district budgets and reports.
  • Defeated of HB 30 Specific Purpose Tax Exemption
  • Opposed and defeated HB 199 Cigarette Tax Increase
  • Defeated HB 196 Tax Exemption Small Scale/Off Grid Electricity Generation

2012

  • Championed SF74 Severance Tax - Trona Valuation

2011

  • Defeated HJR 7 - Distribution of excess tax revenues to citizens.

2010

  • Supported special districts and public records bill SF 5
  • Supported government competition through SF 27
  • Championed the Vendor Compensation Act
  • Supported transparency in government bill SF 77
  • Started Toast & Taxes:  Breakfasts with legislators
  • Defeated HB 59 renewable resource electricity tax exemption for small projects

2009

  • Advocated for a tax on moist snuff tobacco based on weight

2007

  • Fought so that telecommunications service would be assessed at 9.5% as industrial property
  • Campaigned to remove the lifetime limit on veterans' property tax exemption
  • Supported the increase in the general purpose excise tax from 1% to 2%
  • Fought against the sales tax holiday bills which included school clothes, utilities and back to school shopping

2006

  • Worked to expand the tax refund to the elderly and disabled program
  • Helped clarify the sourcing for sale and use taxes under the Streamlined Sales Tax Act
  • Created WTA's Cornerstones of Taxation
  • Supported the additional 1% increase to the PMTF

2005

  • Helped fight for property tax relief program amendments: changed income criteria to qualify for property tax refund
  • Began campaigning for the $4 billion by 2010 to the PMTF (which was reached in FY 2009)

1997

  • Served with cabinet officials on Tax Reform 2000 Committee to: "recommend [by July 1, 1999] standards and options for developing fair, viable and economically comprehensive state and local tax structure capable of generating sufficient revenues to meet expected needs in the future and a broader tax structure.
  • Organized the Assoc. Business Coalition on Education composed of private trade associations, assuring private sector representation in the debate on Court-mandated education reform.

1996

  • Advocated to limit tax-related elections to 3 per year, resulting in higher voter turnout and cost savings.
  • Served on Governor's task force to rewrite Title 39, WY's tax code.

1995

  • Craft successful legislation reorganizing the duties of the State Board of Equalization by restricting the Board's duties to equalization and appeals and removing their involvement in local assessment practices.
  • Supported legislation establishing the strategic planning and budgeting process currently underway under the Governor's initiative and with legislative support and involvement.

1994

  • Petitioned to have taxpayer representation on a State Board of Equalization study of state-assessed property assessment methodologies and acted as coordination for committee appointments.
  • Challenged the State Board of Equalization's assumption by executive order of local assessor oversight because the Board's direct involvement in assessment practices compromises its ability to act impartially.
  • Wrote and steered the passage of Truth in Taxation legislation requiring informative assessment notices, thus protecting taxpayers from government reaping windfall property tax revenue in areas of escalating assessments by not reducing property tax rates without prior taxpayer notification.

1993

  • Successfully advocated the establishment of public/private task forces to review governmental activities and policies to achieve efficiencies and to question current practices in the areas of public employee compensation, state aid to local governments and education.
  • Aided passage of laws reducing the interest rate on delinquent taxes and extended the refund period for sales tax overpayments.
  • Joined the Agricultural community to oppose $130 million in proposed tax increases, insisting that government proved attempts at increased efficiency first. WTA research and advocacy helped save taxpayers $70 million.

1992

  • Exposed $180 million in statewide unaccounted school district spending the same year education lobbyists were pushing for higher taxes to support increased k-12 funding.

1991

  • Won passage of the "Wyoming Taxpayers Bill of Rights."
 

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