CHEYENNE, Wyo. (KGWN) Finding consensus an be tough when both the House and Senate have differing philosophies on the budget. One differing opinion? Education cuts. A Senate amendment would impose a little over 90 million dollars in cuts by the end of July this year. House members don't agree.
“We also think that that needs to be brought in more gradually instead of just on June of this year.” Representative Lloyd Larsen said, “We think that puts the districts in a tough position.”
Senator Bill Landen says the Senate has its priorities. “It is the Senate position that it's very, very important that we come out of this session with some reductions in spending to education because of the size of the funding crisis.”
Another? A Senate amendment for a two percent cut to agency employees whose salary is funded 80 percent by the general fund.
“We're kind of the opinion that if you're going to make a cut to agency employees,” Larsen said, “That it would probably be more appropriate to do that across the board.”
But what about the rumor the house and senate aren't getting along at all? Representative Larsen says that one's a bust and everything has remained civil despite the disagreements.