OFFICE OF GOVERNOR MATT MEAD
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Ph. (307) 777-7437
December 9, 2013
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Governor Discusses Budget with Lawmakers
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Matt Mead reviewed his budget proposal for 2015-2016 with state lawmakers today. He met with the Legislature’s Joint Appropriations Committee (JAC) at the Capitol. Stemming the tide of budget growth seen in the last decade is a priority for the Governor and his proposal of a $3.3 billion budget is relatively flat in relation to the budget he proposed two years ago.
Governor Mead pointed to stable and moderately increasing revenue projections, which teamed with conservative budgeting allows the state to address needs and to take advantage of opportunities. He identified salary increases for employees (state, judiciary, University of Wyoming, community colleges and K-12 teachers), the Unified Network, support for local government, and more resources to reduce the waiting list for the developmentally disabled.
“These proposals reflect priorities I have supported throughout my time as Governor. A Unified Network will enhance our ability to attract business, educate students and advance technologies. A thoughtful compensation plan is essential to any business and to running an effective government. Increased funding for local governments ensures that our communities remain vibrant. Providing support to people with development disabilities and reducing the waiting list is the right thing to do,” Governor Mead said.
Other budget proposals include:
“This budget continues a tradition of conservative fiscal policy that allows us to chart a responsible financial course in times of prosperity and to weather rough times,” Governor Mead said.