Governor Mead Holds Press Conference on Budget Recommendations

Cheyenne, Wyo. (KGWN) - Governor Mead held a press conference about budget recommendations. This is the Governor's last budget to present to legislators. It leaves a little short of 300 million dollars for the legislature's discretion.

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Mead explains that the budget is conservative. He says, "We're going to have an anticipated record amount in our rainy-day fund. We'll have a record amount in our permanent funds. We have smaller government in terms of the budget compared to eight years ago. We have fewer people. We have roughly 30 percent less rules. We have fewer Executive orders."

The governor says that he has been working on diversifying economy through ENDOW, Economically Needed Diversity Options for Wyoming. He has also worked to streamline state government.

One of the areas that Mead says needs to be focused on is education, adding that our community colleges and University of Wyoming must be supported.

In the past, resources were taken from the general fund to supplement education. Mead believes that this will only go so far.

He recommends an increase in salaries at UW of 2.5 million dollars, has asked for more money for the emergency fire suppression account, and explains that salaries for state employees need to be addressed.