After about a week of considering bills in a sessions that's seeing a record-low number passed, state lawmakers are expected to begin work on a $3.2 billion biennial budget today in Cheyenne.
Rep. Rosie Berger (R-Sheridan) says that they will hold off on considering any more general file bills until they consider the budget for about four hours today.
Falling natural gas prices have forced the state to prepare for further budget cuts than they first expected - the budget is just above what would be the flat state 2-year budget at $3.1 billion. It will receive first and second reading today and tomorrow, and then reading with amendments on Thursday. This week is the first time legislators will propose amendments (to add or delete money) from the Joint Appropriation Committee's budget. The first week is where most of the debate usually occurs, Berger said.
Because of Medicaid, the JAC proposes to leave Wyoming Department of Health Funding flat. No state employee pay raises are included in the proposal.