Wyoming Governor Matt Mead has announced details on his new budget proposal. In a media release from the governor's office, Mead says the proposal focuses on a more efficient government that positions the Cowboy State well for the future. Sheridan Media's Chris Foy has the story.
Mead has recommended reducing ongoing spending by more than $60 million per year - that's more than a six-percent annual reduction. This exceeds the four-percent reduction the legislature called for to prepare for fiscal year 2014. This recommendation would also call for an elimination of 86 vacant positions with the state.
The proposal also calls for a 10-percent decrease for the governor's office and residence as well as a nearly six-percent reduction for the University of Wyoming and the state's community colleges. Mead says this maintains funding for K-12 education and school construction. He says this even allows for salary increases for UW and college employees.
With revenues flattening out, Mead says, and the astronomic cost, about $108 million, of dealing with a historic fire season, fiscal conservatism is essential