Wyoming Lawmakers Prepare to Craft Tighter Budget

It's that time again: state lawmakers are gathering in Cheyenne this week to start crafting a budget for what experts predict will be a lean next couple of years.

In round numbers, state revenue forecasters predict the state will have roughly $3 billion available for General Fund spending in the two-year budget cycle that starts in July. That's down roughly $1 billion from the current two-year budget.

Senate President John Hines, A Republican from Gillette, and House Speaker Colin Simpson, a Republican from Cody, say they don't support dipping into the estimated $700 million in reserve funds the state expects to have by July. They say Wyoming needs to save against a very uncertain future.

The 2010 Wyoming Legislative Budget Session gets underway this morning at 10 o'clock, opening with Governor Dave Freudenthal's customary "State of the State" Address.

Sheridan Media will receive frequent updates from the Sheridan County and Johnson County delegates, and you can also visit the Legislature's website at http://legisweb.state.wy.us/

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legislation for affordable healthcare

Affordable and accessible medical and dental care, are issues that need to be addressed in Wyoming and across the nation. Healthcare reform should start with more choices and competition by educating and regulating more midlevel providers that include Denturists, Dental Health Aide Therapists and independent practices for Dental Hygienist. This would give Americans choices for affordable and quality oral health care.

The denturist bill, comes before the Wyoming legislators for its fifth session in SF0039, being sponsored by Senator Gerald Geis. The denturist profession is regulated in Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, and Maine. Denturists are trained and educated to provide denture care services directly to the public.

"Regulating the denturist profession across the Nation in providing affordable denture care for Americans is the little thing we can do to help with the current healthcare crisis Americans are dealing with. People are healthier and more productive when they have a denture that functions properly." Gary W. Vollan L.D. www.wysda.org

Certainly kinskey can

Certainly kinskey can relieve them of the $700 million,if only they'll hear him out.Daves got a bigger plan for sheridan.