Lawmakers Enter Final Week of Budget Session

Three weeks down, one to go as the Wyoming Legislative Budget Session draws to a close this Friday.

The House and the Senate stood about $50 million apart in the respective budget bills that each passed last Thursday. The House called for more spending than the Senate on both school construction and direct distributions to local governments. Representative Rosie Berger comments.

Berger says that after second reading on non-budget items today, committees will go into negotiations on those differences.

There are still a few bills that need to be addressed as well. Rosie highlights a few of those that still need to make it out of General File.

Berger indicates that the House has long days in the beginning of the session, and the Senate has long days toward the end, with today being a very busy one on the Senate side.

So when does the Budget go to Governor Freudenthal?

Berger says that they have been in constant communication with the governor on the budget since last March when he asked for cuts. She adds that the next budget is a healthy one, keeping Wyoming on track with the state's savings in tact.

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