Gov. Mead To Present Budget Cuts

AP 6-7,2016

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead is set to present state agency budget cuts to state lawmakers later this month in Cheyenne.

Mead announced in April that falling state energy revenues would require all state agencies to cut their spending by 8 percent in the two-year budget cycle that starts July 1. The cuts will reduce spending below the $3 billion general funds budget that lawmakers worked out earlier this year.

Mead will brief the Legislature’s Joint Appropriations Committee on the budget cuts June 21. Mead has been meeting with state agency directors in recent weeks to work out specifics.

Sen. Tony Ross of Cheyenne is chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. He says the cuts should balance the state’s finances until the Legislature drafts a supplemental budget next year.