While Kevin Connolly hails Wyoming’s fiscal conservatism in his piece, “Wyoming’s cowboys teach fiscal restraint” he conveniently forgets to mention that Wyoming is a ‘welfare state’. That is, for every dollar that Wyoming puts into the US Federal government, it gets back $1.11. It’s easy to have a balanced budget when you can live off of your mineral deposits and get free money from the fed, just like almost every other ‘red’ state.
Odd how most blue states are ‘donor states’ while most red states are ‘welfare states’. Graph