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/