Governor Mead Explains Vetoes of Portions of Budget Bill

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Wyoming Governor Matt Mead Thursday vetoed portions of the supplemental budget bill that lawmakers sent to his desk last week. One of the Governor's line-item vetoes allows for more money to fight wildfires this summer.

In 2012, the State spent roughly $45 million in fighting wildfires. The Legislature this session appropriated $31 million for fighting fires in 2013, with almost $8 million of that going toward paying off costs from 2012. Mead's veto allows contingent access to $30 million for fighting fires from the landfill account.

Another item Mead vetoed was language directing most state agencies to prepare 4, 6 and 8 percent reductions for the next biennium.

The Governor did compliment lawmakers for their hard work on crafting the supplemental budget bill, one that will reduce ongoing spending by over 6 percent for fiscal year 2014.

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