Gov. Mead Plans Press Briefing As Budget Advances
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Gov. Matt Mead plans to meet with reporters today in Cheyenne as the state Legislature enters the second half of its ongoing general session.
Lawmakers are working the budget bill this week and Mead is likely to face questions about the Joint Appropriations Committee’s recommendation that they ignore many of his fiscal policy recommendations.
Mead had recommended the state put less money from mineral revenues into permanent savings and school construction to beef up the deposits in the state’s rainy day fund in response to flat revenue projections. The appropriations committee voted against his suggestions, and wants to put more money into permanent savings.
And while Mead had asked lawmakers to put up $60 million to cover firefighting costs this summer, the committee recommended only just over half that much.