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Governor Mead Invites Public to Inauguration Events

posted Apr 28, 2015, 8:16 AM by vfe_ets_veronica.harris@wyo.gov   [ updated Apr 28, 2015, 8:17 AM ]

12/23/2014

OFFICE OF GOVERNOR MATT MEAD
State Capitol
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Ph. (307) 777-7437

December 23, 2014

******FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE******

Contact:
Michelle Panos
Communications Director
michelle.panos@wyo.gov


CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Governor Matthew H. Mead invites Wyoming citizens to attend the swearing-in ceremony and reception for the state’s five top elected officials on Monday, January 5, 2015.

Matthew H. Mead will be sworn in as Governor followed by Ed Murray as Secretary of State, Cynthia Cloud as State Auditor, Mark Gordon as State Treasurer and Jillian Balow as Superintendent of Public Instruction.

The swearing-in ceremony can also be viewed via live webcast at governor.wy.gov, the Governor’s website.

“Wyoming people can join the ceremony live from their home, school or far away. Technology allows all of us to connect to this historical event,” Governor Mead said. “Students can participate from their classrooms and Wyoming military men and women – wherever they are – can tune in and take part.”

The swearing-in ceremony will start at 10:00 am at the Cheyenne Civic Center, 2101 O’Neil Avenue, Cheyenne. Following the swearing in ceremony there will be a public reception in the lobby of the Civic Center.

Inauguration Co-Chairs Kathy and Jack Steil said, “We invite all of Wyoming to join us in person or via the internet to welcome our elected officials.”

For more information, please contact the Inaugural Committee at (307) 514-6591.

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Wyoming Intervenes in BLM Grazing Case

posted Apr 28, 2015, 8:15 AM by vfe_ets_veronica.harris@wyo.gov   [ updated Apr 28, 2015, 8:15 AM ]

12/12/2014

OFFICE OF GOVERNOR MATT MEAD
State Capitol
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Ph. (307) 777-7437

December 12, 2014

******FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE******

Contact:
Michelle Panos
Communications Director
michelle.panos@wyo.gov


CHEYENNE, Wyo.- Western Watershed Project challenged the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) decision to allow grazing on BLM land near Boulder, Wyoming. Wyoming filed a Motion to Intervene.

“Wyoming worked closely with BLM during the initial review and prior to BLM’s decision,” Governor Mead said. “The BLM reached a good decision and has a good plan. Wyoming’s motion supports ranchers who move livestock over this land and the State of Wyoming’s ability to manage state land.”

The decision affects 10,200 acres of state land and 18,400 acres of private land peppered among 72,000 acres of BLM land. Wyoming leases state land for grazing. If grazing were disallowed on BLM land adjacent to state land Wyoming grazing leases would be devalued.

“Agriculture is important to Wyoming’s culture and economy. Grazing and grazing leases are part of good management and support schools across Wyoming,” Governor Mead said.

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Governor Mead Continues to Defend Wyoming Regional Haze Plan

posted Apr 28, 2015, 8:12 AM by vfe_ets_veronica.harris@wyo.gov   [ updated Apr 28, 2015, 8:12 AM ]

12/12/2014

OFFICE OF GOVERNOR MATT MEAD
State Capitol
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Ph. (307) 777-7437

December 12, 2014

******FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE******

Contact:
Michelle Panos
Communications Director
michelle.panos@wyo.gov


CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Today Wyoming filed a brief in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals supporting its plan to control nitrogen oxides (NOx) against a challenge from environmental groups.

“This argument is about visibility conditions and Wyoming’s plan ensures progress. Environmental groups are pushing for the most strict NOx controls, at extraordinary cost, and that make little perceptible difference in visibility conditions. Their arguments are disingenuous,” Governor Mead said.

Regional haze in Wyoming is caused mostly by sulfur dioxide (SO2) and particulate matter (PM). NOx-based constituents make up a very small part of the haze. The EPA approved Wyoming’s plans for SO2 and PM. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld Wyoming’s SO2 plan. Wyoming’s PM plan was not challenged.

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Wyoming Files Suit to Force BLM to Manage Wild Horses

posted Apr 28, 2015, 8:11 AM by vfe_ets_veronica.harris@wyo.gov

12/8/2014

OFFICE OF GOVERNOR MATT MEAD
State Capitol
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Ph. (307) 777-7437

December 8, 2014

******FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE******

Contact:
Michelle Panos
Communications Director
michelle.panos@wyo.gov


CHEYENNE, Wyo.- Today, the State of Wyoming filed suit against the United States Department of the Interior and the United States Bureau of Land Management (BLM) over the federal government's failure to appropriately manage wild horses in Wyoming. Wyoming announced its intent to sue in August.

“The lawsuit asks the court to force the BLM to manage wild horses in Wyoming as required by the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act,” Governor Mead said. “It is my belief, and the belief of other western governors, that the BLM does not have the resources to manage wild horses effectively. By filing suit it sends a message that wild horse management is a priority and the BLM must be provided the funding necessary to manage them.”

The Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act requires the BLM to manage wild horses below previously set appropriate levels and to remove excess horses when populations exceed those levels. Herds will continue to exponentially grow beyond what the BLM determined is ecologically appropriate for each herd management area (HMA). These herds have population growth rates that range from as low as 25% to as high as 58% each year. Horses often stray from HMAs onto state and private land.

“Excess wild horses in Wyoming can harm the habitats used by other wildlife species, including sage-grouse, antelope, deer and elk,” Governor Mead said. “Overgrazing caused by overpopulation threatens all animals including horses.”

The states Petition for Review is available on the Attorney General's website at http://ag.wyo.gov/current-issues.

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Wyoming Files Petition to Participate in the Oregon Coal Port Hearings

posted Apr 28, 2015, 8:10 AM by vfe_ets_veronica.harris@wyo.gov

12/4/2014

OFFICE OF GOVERNOR MATT MEAD
State Capitol
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Ph. (307) 777-7437

December 4, 2014

******FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE******

Contact:
Michelle Panos
Communications Director
michelle.panos@wyo.gov


CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Today Wyoming filed a Petition to Participate as a Party with the Oregon Office of Administrative Hearings for the Coyote Island Terminal coal port contested case. The Oregon Department of Land denied Coyote Island Terminal, LLC a permit to place standard concrete pilings in the Columbia River at the Port of Morrow. That decision shut down the possibility of building a coal terminal.

The petition asserts Wyoming should be made a party to the contested case because it has significant interests in the outcome. Those interests include loss of revenue and jobs for the State of Wyoming and its citizens.

“This decision by the Oregon Department of Lands to deny the permit to complete this terminal is a barrier to getting Wyoming coal to foreign markets,” Governor Mead said. “Wyoming would lose out on coal tax revenues of $9 to $30 million per year. Revenue from coal funds public programs such as schools and infrastructure. A strong coal industry means thousands of direct and indirect jobs. Coal is vital here and Wyoming must assure it has a long future.”

Wyoming argues the State of Oregon cannot disrupt interstate and foreign commerce to the disadvantage of Wyoming and other landlocked states.

“The Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution prohibits Oregon from stopping the flow of a commodity in interstate and foreign commerce, and federal law preempts Oregon's ability to regulate this kind of docking structure,” Governor Mead said.

If granted party status, Wyoming intends to fully participate and present information showing that the Oregon Department of State Lands decision was legally and factually wrong.

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Wyoming Leads in Data Center Recruiting Three Years in a Row

posted Apr 28, 2015, 8:07 AM by vfe_ets_veronica.harris@wyo.gov   [ updated Apr 28, 2015, 8:08 AM ]

12/3/2014

OFFICE OF GOVERNOR MATT MEAD
State Capitol
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Ph. (307) 777-7437

December 3, 2014

******FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE******

Contact:

Michelle Panos
Communications Director
michelle.panos@wyo.gov


CHEYENNE Wyo. – The Wyoming Business Council has received the Top 5 Award for Excellence in data center recruiting from Expansion Solutions, a national site selection magazine. This is the third consecutive year Wyoming has been recognized.

“One of my priorities has been to diversify Wyoming’s economy. Key to achieving this goal is recruitment of technology industries. This award three years running shows great progress,” Governor Mead said. “We have cultivated a business climate that works well for technology businesses big and small. Companies like Microsoft and Green House Data have benefited from what Wyoming has to offer.”

The award recognizes economic development organizations that excel in efforts to recruit and retain data centers. Expansion Solutions uses a scoring system from 1 to 10. Wyoming scored all 10s in the data center category.

“Affordable energy, cool climate with low humidity, redundant fiber optics, business friendly policies, the number of announcements and the total investment for data center operations expanding and locating to the state has earned Wyoming a well-deserved award as a digital leader,” said Kimberly Merkel, national account director for Expansion Solutions.

The zero-carbon, waste-to-fuel-cell-powered Microsoft Data Plant at the Dry Creek Water Reclamation Facility southeast of Cheyenne contributed to Wyoming earning the award.

Wyoming Business Council CEO Shawn Reese said, “Wyoming can now add biogas fuel cell power to its technology and energy portfolios. This is the first facility of its kind in the world. It is one more reason why Wyoming is a place for technology and technological advancements.”

Read the Expansion Solutions announcement here.

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Governor Proposes Supplemental Budget for 2015-2016

posted Apr 28, 2015, 7:12 AM by vfe_ets_veronica.harris@wyo.gov

12/1/2014

OFFICE OF GOVERNOR MATT MEAD
State Capitol
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Ph. (307) 777-7437

December 1, 2014

******FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE******

Contact:
Michelle Panos
Communications Director
michelle.panos@wyo.gov


CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Matt Mead presented a supplemental budget recommendation today, and emphasized the need for a thoughtful discussion about Wyoming’s fiscal policy.

“We have more than adequate resources to fund government operations; invest in infrastructure and excellence at the University of Wyoming and community colleges; and provide additional resources to local government,” Governor Mead said today.

Governor Mead notes that the state’s permanent savings total $6.8 billion in the permanent mineral trust fund and $3 billion in the common School Permanent Land Fund. Liquid savings accounts available for expenditure by the legislature total $5.9 billion. In addition to savings, the legislature may want to identify proceeds for capital gains that have not been included in the fiscal profile. He pointed to reversions from the past biennium of over $100 million as another possible resource.

With these available resources, Governor Mead recommends a budget of approximately $17 million for state government operations. He has recommended $51 million, to be matched by private donations, for research, athletic programs and a high altitude training facility at UW. Governor Mead recommends just over $30 million for local governments.

An additional $21.1 million is recommended for the construction of passing lanes on state highways, and Mead focused specifically on Highway 59 between Douglas and Wright as a top priority.

“The rainy day fund (LSRA) has nearly doubled during my time in office and the Permanent Wyoming Mineral Trust Fund has grown by more than 55%. These are remarkable increases,” Governor Mead said. “The state’s CREG forecasts are not able to tell a complete story about state resources. Last year $1 billion flowed to liquid and permanent saving accounts. The FY2014 revenue to the general fund exceeded the CREG forecast by $325 million.”

Governor Mead’s budget message to legislators emphasizes the need to evaluate the state’s fiscal policy and to set the course for the future.

“Revenues are substantial and ongoing expenditures are relatively flat. It is the right time to ask questions and begin to make decisions about the right amounts for saving and the right amount for investments in infrastructure,” Governor Mead said.

The Governor noted that state agencies have demonstrated prudent use of state funds, which accounts for the sizeable reversions that may be available for further appropriation. State agency supplemental requests have been held to approximately $17 million – less than one-half percent of the standard general fund biennial budget.

Governor Mead’s entire Supplemental Budget Message is available on the Wyoming Department of Administration website at https://sites.google.com/a/wyo.gov/ai/budget-division/budget-fiscal-years/2015-2016-budget

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Governor Honors Veterans at the Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery

posted Apr 28, 2015, 7:09 AM by vfe_ets_veronica.harris@wyo.gov   [ updated Apr 28, 2015, 7:10 AM ]

11/10/2014

OFFICE OF GOVERNOR MATT MEAD
State Capitol
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Ph. (307) 777-7437

November 10, 2014

******FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE******

Contact:

Michelle Panos
Communications Director
michelle.panos@wyo.gov


CHEYENNE Wyo. - Governor Matt Mead will honor veterans during a Veterans Day Ceremony at the Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery on November 11, 2014. The ceremony is organized by the Natrona County United Veterans Council and will also recognize contractors who completed recent improvements to the cemetery. Reverend Leonard L. Robinson, who survived the Bataan Death March during WWII, will be specially recognized with the dedication of the cemetery’s front driveway in his name.

“Veterans Day reminds us that men and women who bravely served our country are all around us,” Governor Mead said. “They are young and old, friends and neighbors and members of our families. Many are peace officers, fire fighters, teachers, doctors, and nurses. There are veterans in every profession throughout Wyoming. We should take the time to personally say a grateful ‘thank you’ to the veterans we know. They have earned it.”

The ceremony will be held at 11:00 am at the Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery, 80 Veterans Cemetery Road, Evansville.

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Governor’s November News Conference Recap

posted Apr 28, 2015, 7:05 AM by vfe_ets_veronica.harris@wyo.gov   [ updated Apr 28, 2015, 7:07 AM ]

11/6/2014

OFFICE OF GOVERNOR MATT MEAD
State Capitol
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Ph. (307) 777-7437

November 6, 2014

******FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE******

Contact:

Michelle Panos
Communications Director
michelle.panos@wyo.gov


CHEYENNE, Wyo. – During his live news conference today, Governor Matt Mead reported on some key topics and recent developments for Wyoming. This included the announcement that Ramaco LLC filed a permit application with the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality to open the first new coal mine in over 50 years in Sheridan County. The mine is about 15,000 acres in size.

“A study prepared by WWC Engineering of Sheridan says that the mine will create almost 600 new direct and indirect jobs in Sheridan County, with over $30 million in annual new wages and over $464 million of total wages over the mine’s life,” Governor Mead said. “This is a tremendous development for Wyoming’s economy and will benefit the country as we provide affordable and abundant power.”

Governor Mead gave an update on the Integrated Test Center project that would add value to carbon dioxide from a Wyoming coal-fired power plant. This would be used to create other products such as petrochemicals, graphene or artificial sweeteners. Companies have been providing expertise and helping to provide the necessary funding to bring this project to completion.

“If you can turn CO2 into an asset it would be a big boost, not only for coal but for the products that slip stream could produce,” Governor Mead said.

Today, Governor Mead attended a cord cutting for the new Microsoft data center powered by a fuel cell using biogas from the Dry Creek Reclamation Facility in Cheyenne.

“The plant uses renewable biogas to fuel Microsoft’s data center that is there. It is a zero-emissions effort,” Governor Mead said. “This is very exciting, not only because of the data center, but very exciting in being able to use that facility to create biogas to fuel the data center and to help power the treatment facility.”

Governor Mead reported that internet connectivity through the Unified Network is moving faster than anticipated.

“We have increased broadband connectivity to our schools exponentially. When I took office only two counties in the state had Ethernet capacity, now all 23 have Ethernet capacity,” Governor Mead said.

Governor Mead discussed the complaint made against Campbell County Sheriff Bill Pownall.

“As I looked through material and looked at the complaint I am certainly very troubled,” Governor Mead said. “So my announcement is that I am going to direct the Attorney General to commence a prosecuting action, in the district court of which the officer is an official, asking for removal of the officer.”

On the topic of highway fatalities, the Governor noted that of the 129 deaths this year 41 have been alcohol and drug related. Governor Mead applauded the work of the Governor’s Council on Impaired Driving for the creation of the Drive Sober Wyoming smartphone app.

“This smartphone app is meant to help reduce impaired driving by allowing for texting a friend, phoning a friend, finding a taxi, and it provides the laws and penalties related to impaired driving. The next phase will be an app, that we have been working to put together to prevent texting while driving,” Governor Mead said.

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Best state in America: Wyoming, for tax purposes

posted Apr 28, 2015, 7:04 AM by vfe_ets_veronica.harris@wyo.gov   [ updated Apr 28, 2015, 7:05 AM ]

11/3/2014

OFFICE OF GOVERNOR MATT MEAD
State Capitol
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Ph. (307) 777-7437

November 3, 2014

******FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE******

Contact:

Michelle Panos
Communications Director
michelle.panos@wyo.gov


CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The Washington Post on Thursday published a column titled Best State in America: Wyoming, for tax purposes. It reported that the Tax Foundation, the nation’s leading tax policy research organization, named Wyoming #1 in its 2015 ranking of states. For several years running, Wyoming has ranked #1 as the state with the best tax climate for businesses, and once again our state stays at the top of this important annual ranking. The recognition that Wyoming’s tax system is the most hospitable in the country to business is significant as we continue to work for economic growth and diversification.

“Economic growth has been one of my top priorities. Wyoming has earned its reputation of being the best place for business. We have focused on reduced regulatory burdens and increased policies that promote growth,” Governor Mead said. “Accolades like these are independent indicators that we are getting things right.”

The Tax Foundation looks at individual income, sales, corporate income, property and unemployment taxes. Wyoming scores exceptionally well because it has no corporate income or individual income tax. The state’s 4% sales tax rate is low compared to California with a 7.5 percent rate.

“Tax structure is just one piece of the economic development plan,” Governor Mead said. “Wyoming is also investing in transportation and internet infrastructures that are just as important as a favorable tax climate to attract a diversity of businesses. Business diversity strengthens the economy. It provides opportunity for Wyoming workers and assures a high quality of life. We will continue to work hard to keep Wyoming the top stop for business.”

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