Rep. Madden On Legislative Session: Local Funding

Mike Madden
Mike Madden

State Representative Mike Madden, a Republican from Buffalo, will be checking in with Sheridan Media, giving us updates on the happenings in the State House of Representatives during this year's Legislative Budget Session.

Madden discussed the first week of the session with us in a phone interview Thursday.

Madden said much of the time this week was spent on introducing non-budget bills, but many weren't introduced due to lack of time.
Bill introductions will wrap up Friday, and the actual budget session will begin Monday.
He expects some long days ahead as the budget will have three separate readings and that will take time.

Madden's new local government funding bill began in the Senate, and he explained where everything goes from there.

Madden said it is unlikely the Legislature will raise the funding above the $90 million recommended by Governor Matt Mead, even though local governments were hoping for $105 million, as was allocated during the last biennium.
Madden said it just doesn't look possible to allocate more than $90 million for local governments.
As it is, he said, much of the $90 million will be coming from the Legislative Stabilization Reserve Account, better known as the “Rainy Day Fund.”

Madden wrapped by saying with all of the other needs in the state, including major renovations at the State Prison in Rawlins, which have been estimated at $160 million, he said he feels lucky to be able to possibly allocate the $90 million to cities, towns and counties in the state.

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