CHEYENNE, (AP) - Wyoming lawmakers have wrapped up the
legislative session. Lawmakers say they were successful in crafting a responsible state budget. The $2.9 billion budget goes into effect in July and will last for two years.
Lower energy revenues left Wyoming with roughly $1 billion less to spend in this budget cycle than it had two years ago. There was little argument among legislators in this session that the state needed to hold onto its cash reserves in case the economy gets even worse.
Lawmakers also point to social bills ranging from tightening criminal laws on drunk driving and sex offenders to imposing the nation's first excise tax on the generation of wind energy.