Wyoming Legislature Passes Budget Compromise

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Wyoming Legislature Passes Budget Compromise

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The supplemental budget bill approved by the Wyoming Legislature this week calls on state agencies to prepare detailed plans in coming years for possible future funding cuts.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Senate Eli Bebout says the main takeaway from the budget is the "commitment that the Legislature has now made to looking long-term and to build the Permanent Wyoming Mineral Trust Fund."

The supplemental budget calls for spending roughly an additional $78 million on top of the $3.2 billion state funds budget lawmakers approved last year for the biennium that runs through mid-2014.

The supplemental budget also includes roughly $61 million in budget reductions, the result of across-the-board budget cuts the Legislature implemented last year.

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