Joint Appropriations Committee budget hearings begin

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CHEYENNE, Wyo.- Wyoming Governor Matt Mead presented his 2019-2020 budget to the Joint Appropriations Committee (JAC) on Monday, December 4. The committee will conduct agency hearings now through December 15 and January 8-19 at the Jonah Business Center. Representative and Chairman of the Joint Appropriations Committee Bob Nicholas says they plan to hear and look at the notes of the governor's recommendations to make their own to give to the Legislature in February. Rep. Nicholas said, "Our biggest concern is, and as is the governor's, is that we’re still in a structural deficit, and so we have to find ways to fund ongoing education and general government in a way that is cost effective, efficient, but provides all the needs and requirements of our state.”

Wyoming Governor Matt Mead said he hopes the Legislature will have more guidance on education funding in January once a recalibration report is completed.

The governor said although there may be disagreements, it's important to have the discussion to let members of the JAC ask questions and for the public to hear the thought process of decisions that may move forward.

Rep. Nicholas agreed and said there may be disagreements, but the end goal is very similar. He said it's an honor to work with the governor and added, "We’ve got a great group, it’s kind of a lengthy process but it really is enjoyable, and we have a lot of dedicated legislators that put in a lot of time and effort to come up with the right budget for the state.”

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