Two weeks ago Governor Matt Mead rolled out his proposed $3.4 billion biennial budget, which is a $17 million decrease from the current two-year budget. Representative and Chair of the Joint Appropriations Committee Rosie Berger says that they are currently looking at a number of different options in regards to the Governor's proposed budget.
Berger stated that their main concern is that state revenues are somewhat flat at this time and that they are looking out past 2013-2014 to see what the next three or four budgets would require. The JAC will meet January 9th through the 27th to begin their formal review of the budget. During that time the JAC will perform a “mark up” of the budget where they'll make their adjustments and amendments before putting it into a proposed piece of legislation entitled House Bill 1.
When the State Legislature convenes in Cheyenne in February, both the House and the Senate will spend about two weeks on the budget bill before sending it to the Governor's office for review before signing it into law in early March.