Buffalo Council Receives Legislative Update

Mike Madden
Mike Madden

State Representative for House District 40 Mike Madden of Buffalo gave a brief report to the Buffalo City Council at their last meeting, giving an overview of what went on at this year's Legislative Session.

Madden discussed Senate File 97, an economic development program tailored after a program in Cody. Madden was not too fond of the bill, but after some changes made to the bill, he thinks it will be fine.

A budget footnote was added to Business Ready Grants by the Appropriations Committee allowing recapture and re-use to roll over into other grants in other communities. The Appropriations Committee change was removed and replaced by Senate File 100, which states the Wyoming Business Council must make rules in the matter and bring them forth to the September meetings of the Appropriations Committee.

Madden said Senate File 103 was a bill meant for the total restoration of the State Capital for upwards of $259 million. The majority of the money will be used for the capital's restoration but a portion will be used to build an additional office building adjacent to the capital.

Madden then gave some insight into local budgets and what cities and counties can expect in the next two years.

In addition to general funds, local governments can access $64 million in Business Ready funding and $30.4 million in mineral royalties monies through the State Lands and Investments Board, which gives nearly $100 million for local governments to apply for.

Tourism spending has also increased this year, he said to hopefully draw more visitors to the state.

Finally Madden said Governor Matt Mead was much more assertive this year than last during the budget session, which ended up helping local governments in general.

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