October 26, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Managing Wyoming’s fiscal crisis has been Governor Mark Gordon’s first priority since March. He continues to caution that Wyoming’s revenue picture remains deeply concerning after the release of the Consensus Revenue Estimating Group (CREG) Wyoming State Government Revenue Forecast.
October 26, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has allocated remaining federal CARES Act funding to help Wyoming businesses and nonprofits with ongoing COVID-19 related losses and expenses. The Wyoming Business Council is finalizing two new funds for the COVID-19 Business Relief Program, the Agriculture Fund and the Endurance Fund.
October 24, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has appointed Clark Allan to be a Circuit Court Judge for the Eighth Judicial District serving Converse County, Wyoming. Allan's appointment fills the vacancy left by the retirement of Judge I. Vincent Case.
October 23, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has directed $600,000 in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds to assist Wyoming residents in signing up for health insurance. The funds will be used to hire trained enrollment counselors to provide outreach, education and assistance for the Enroll Wyoming Program's upcoming Open Enrollment period.
October 21, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon announced that Wyoming has submitted its initial plan for distributing and administering a COVID-19 vaccine to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The draft plan utilizes much of the vaccine ordering, distribution, administration and reporting infrastructure already in use by the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).
October 16, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon clarified that the role of the Wyoming National Guard in assisting with contact tracing is very limited. Due to the record number of new positive cases of COVID-19 the Department of Health and counties needed urgent assistance, but the Guard members’ role is limited to contacting individuals who may have been exposed to COVID-19 based on their contact with someone who has tested positive (contact tracing).
October 14, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has made free, at-home COVID-19 testing available to the state’s residents. The saliva test is administered by Vault Health and allows residents to get results at home without needing to visit a healthcare provider. Wyoming has purchased 75,000 tests and could obtain additional tests if needed. The program will supplement currently available testing options that include private healthcare providers, hospitals and some pharmacies.
October 8, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Gordon is directing federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds to replenish and reinforce two programs that provide benefits to employers and job seekers. The Governor has allocated $25 million to replenish Wyoming’s Unemployment Trust Fund and an additional $16.4 million in Workers Compensation Fund Premium Credits to help address the financial and economic strain on businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
October 5, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The U.S. Supreme Court has issued an order related to the Wyoming coal port original action case filed in January. The Court invited the acting Solicitor General to file a brief expressing the views of the United States, leading Governor Gordon to issue a statement in response to the order.
September 29, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has worked with the Wyoming Department of Health to ease restrictions on restaurants in the state while continuing efforts to keep the public safe. This comes in new public health orders. The changes to Health Order No. 1 no longer require restaurants to space out seating in booths and increases the permitted number of persons at a table from 6 to 8 persons. Larger tables are permitted for members of the same household.
September 23, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon was in Washington DC today working with Wyoming Senator John Barrasso to update and modernize the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Governor pointed to some significant improvements in the Endangered Species Acts Amendments of 2020, which would elevate the role of state wildlife agencies in species management, allow impacted states the opportunity to help develop recovery plans, and delay judicial review of delisting rules during the post-delisting monitoring period.
September 15, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has announced that Wyoming’s Public Health Orders have been extended an additional two weeks through Sept. 30. One change has been made to Order No. 1, which now permits indoor close-contact group activities and sports to occur in all settings. The Governor cited a desire to see the impacts of the Labor Day holiday and the reopening of K-12 schools for in-person learning before taking additional steps and further easing health orders.
September 3, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The U.S. Department of Energy has completed a carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) study for several Wyoming coal-fueled power plants. The study showed CCUS retrofits can provide significant benefits. The goal of the study was to evaluate the potential opportunities for retrofitting existing power plants with CCUS technology, the economic impact, and the carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) emissions reductions for the State of Wyoming compared to alternatives.
September 1, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has announced the launch of the Wyoming Meat Processing Expansion Grant Program to provide support for Wyoming meat processing facilities and Wyoming citizens impacted by supply chain disruptions and regional shut-downs of processing facilities resulting from the COVID-19 public health emergency.
August 27, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – An extension to Wyoming’s current public health orders released today by the Wyoming Department of Health contain no changes. The orders, which remain in effect through September 15, continue to allow outdoor gatherings of no more than 50% of venue capacity, with a maximum of 1,000 people as long as social distancing and increased sanitization measures are in place. Indoor gatherings in a confined space remain limited to 50 persons without restrictions and 250 persons if social distancing and sanitization measures are incorporated.
August 26, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has finalized the first round of state budget cuts totaling more than $250 million, with an additional $80 million in cuts to maintenance of state buildings and those at the university and community colleges. The 10% cuts to state agencies, boards and commissions will have significant effects on Wyoming communities and citizens, as the cuts will impact important services that people depend on and will reduce general fund dollars that enter the private sector.
August 25, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue joined Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon today in a virtual ceremony to sign a Shared Stewardship Agreement between USDA’s Forest Service and the State of Wyoming. The Shared Stewardship Agreement establishes a framework for federal and state agencies to promote active forest management, improve collaboration, and respond to ecological challenges and natural resource concerns in Wyoming.
August 19, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon and the members of the State Loan and Investment Board (SLIB) participated in the bid process to pursue a once-in- a-generation opportunity to purchase land for the public and diversify Wyoming’s investments. Today Occidental Petroleum, the owner of those lands and minerals, announced that it has signed a purchase agreement with Orion Mine Finance for those land and minerals in southern Wyoming. Although not a final sale, Governor Gordon said he has formally withdrawn Wyoming’s bid.
August 17, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – After designating three migration corridors with his Migration Corridor Executive Order, Governor Gordon and the Carbon County Commission are taking applications to serve on the local area working group to review the Platte Valley Mule Deer Corridor.
August 14, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon today announced that Wyoming has launched Care19 Alert, an innovative exposure notification app that will alert users if they have been in close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19. Wyoming is one of the first states in the country to launch a COVID-19 app using Bluetooth Low Energy technology developed by Apple and Google, which does not rely on personal information or location data.
August 12, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has announced that updated public health orders will ease restrictions on the size of permitted outdoor gatherings beginning August 16. Public Health Order No. 2 has been updated to allow outdoor gatherings of no more than 50% of venue capacity, with a maximum of 1,000 people as long as social distancing and increased sanitization measures are in place.
August 11, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Occidental Petroleum has announced that it is negotiating with a bidder for the millions of acres of land grant properties offered for sale earlier this year in southern Wyoming. That bidder is not the State of Wyoming, but as these are only negotiations the situation could change.
August 7, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon will fund a grant program that provides financial assistance to students who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The grants will cover expenses other than tuition and fees, including housing and meals for students attending the University of Wyoming, the state’s community colleges, private and technical colleges.
August 6, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon expressed his support for Grand Teton National Park’s newly-released plan to manage non-native mountain goats within park boundaries by allowing qualified volunteers to harvest the animals. The updated plan came after the Governor called for a halt to the aerial gunning of goats to reduce their numbers.
August 6, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has made it easy to see how the state is utilizing federal dollars awarded to Wyoming through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The Governor has added a dedicated page to the Wyoming Sense budget transparency website that illustrates how CARES Act funds are being distributed.
August 5, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Adults who are unemployed or underemployed due to COVID-19 are now eligible for a grant to pay for education at one of the state’s community colleges or the University of Wyoming. This is possible due to funding Governor Mark Gordon provided to the new program.
July 29, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon announced that applications for the next two waves of funding under the COVID-19 Business Relief Program will open to Wyoming businesses and nonprofits at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, August 4. The Relief Fund and Mitigation Fund make an additional $225 million available to Wyoming businesses and nonprofits that have experienced hardship related to the COVID-19 crisis.
July 28, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has announced that Wyoming’s current public health orders will remain in place through August 15 as cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in the state.
July 22, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has announced the appointment of Fred Rife as the interim director of the Wyoming Department of Audit.
July 20, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has announced the appointment of J.C. DeMers as Director of the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH). DeMers replaces former director Sean Chambers, who was appointed to be a Circuit Court Judge for the First Judicial Judicial District.
July 13, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Wyoming’s current public health orders will be extended through July 31 as the state continues to see increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases, Governor Mark Gordon announced today. The Wyoming Department of Health and the Governor continue to strongly recommend the use of face coverings in public settings where it is not possible or reasonable to stay physically apart.
July 13, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has announced deep budget cuts for the current two-year budget cycle totaling more than $250 million, or nearly 10% of the state’s general fund budget. This comes after revenue projections showed an almost $1 billion shortfall for the general fund and another $500 million for school funding.
July 9, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon continues to get needed resources out to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts in Wyoming. Congress allocated Wyoming $1.25 billion as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the State Legislature passed new laws guiding how that money can be spent. To date Governor Gordon has allocated $210 million to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic
July 7, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon and the members of the State Loan and Investment Board (SLIB) have unanimously supported the submission of a bid to purchase Wyoming land with a goal of returning additional revenue to the state. The non-binding bid is only another step towards the purchase, and is not final. The bid will now be submitted to Occidental Petroleum for the purchase of land and minerals, and may include the entirety of the land offered or a portion.
July 1, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon in partnership with developer ProudCrowd has made available a free mobile app to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. The app, Care19 Diary, is available now for mobile phones and already is in use in North Dakota and South Dakota.
June 29, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has allocated $50 million in additional funding from the federal CARES Act to the Business Interruption Stipend Program to ensure the program keeps pace with demand from small businesses across the state.
June 29, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Wyoming’s current public health orders will be extended through July 15 as the number of cases of COVID-19 in the state continues to steadily increase, Governor Mark Gordon announced today. Twenty-five percent of Wyoming’s total number of lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been identified in the past two weeks, with 288 new cases confirmed since the current orders went into effect on June 15.
June 28, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has appointed Robert Sanford to be a Circuit Court Judge for the Second Judicial District serving Albany County, Wyoming. Sanford’s appointment fills the vacancy left by the retirement of Judge Robert Castor.
June 23, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Wyoming has submitted its Reply Brief to the United States Supreme Court in its challenge to Washington State’s unconstitutional discrimination against a proposed coal export terminal. The terminal would provide access to new markets for Wyoming and Montana coal. In the brief, Wyoming and Montana reject the State of Washington’s arguments and stand united in their belief that Washington’s action in denying a permit for the coal terminal is unconstitutional.
June 17, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The Wyoming Department of Health has issued updated guidance to allow long-term care facilities to permit in-person visitation outdoors under specific guidelines. The new guidance requires visits to occur in a designated outdoor space, limits visitors to two persons at a time and requires screening of visitors for symptoms of respiratory illness.
June 10, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Updated public health orders that take effect June 15 will continue to ease restrictions on public gatherings in Wyoming, Governor Mark Gordon announced today. The updated orders allow indoor gatherings of up to 250 people with restrictions, permit parades to occur (with appropriate social distancing), and allow K-12 schools, community colleges, the University, and other educational institutions to reopen facilities and resume in-person instruction for all students.
June 9, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The State of Wyoming, Japan Coal Energy Center (JCOAL) and Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to advance a Carbon Capture test project to be conducted at the Wyoming Integrated Test Center in Gillette. The MOU signals Wyoming’s intent to work with JCOAL and KHI on a joint project to test their novel solid sorbent capture technology at the Wyoming Integrated Test Center (ITC).
June 5, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Wyoming joined 22 other states earlier this week in litigation alongside property owners, ranchers, farmers and energy producers to convince a federal district judge to uphold the Trump administration’s Navigable Waters Protection Rule. The rule gives greater certainty to landowners by providing predictable and reasonable lines between waters subject to federal and state regulation under the Clean Water Act.
June 4, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – In response to Wyoming’s significant revenue shortfalls, Governor Mark Gordon has instructed state agencies to immediately take action to further reduce spending and prepare for deeper cuts in the coming months. The reduction plan requires agencies to prepare for more drastic scenarios and be proactive, since the revenue situation could further worsen.
May 27, 2020
Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon and representatives from the state’s largest rodeos announced today that six of Wyoming’s large rodeos and events will not take place in 2020. This decision factored in economics, health concerns and logistics. The cancellation decision was made collectively and includes the Thermopolis Cowboy Rendezvous PRCA Rodeo in late June as well the Cody Stampede, Central Wyoming Fair & PRCA Rodeo in Casper, the Sheridan WYO Rodeo and Breakaway Roping, Laramie Jubilee Days, and Cheyenne Frontier Days, all scheduled for July.
May 27, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has announced that updated public health orders effective June 1 will ease restrictions on public gatherings, allowing outdoor gatherings of up to 250 people. The updated orders allow for outdoor events to occur with social distancing and increased sanitization measures in place.
May 20, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has signed three pieces of legislation passed by the Wyoming Legislature that provide a framework for spending $1.25 billion in federal funding awarded to the State through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
May 13, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has announced that updated public health orders effective May 15 will ease restrictions on several business categories and permit restaurants to resume indoor table service statewide. The Governor has also allocated $17 million in federal funding to expand COVID-19 testing, improve contact tracing and add to the state’s supply of personal protective equipment (PPE).
May 7, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has signed a proclamation convening a special session of the Wyoming Legislature to help respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Governor and Legislature have worked on a small number of bills that amend and create programs for the purpose of helping businesses and residents impacted by the COVID-19 emergency.
April 28, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has announced that new public health orders effective May 1 will allow gyms, barber shops, hair salons and other personal care services to reopen under specific operating conditions designed to minimize public health risk from COVID-19. Other parts of the phased approach involve easing restrictions on day cares and issuing guidance to hospitals allowing them to resume elective surgeries.
April 23, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has unveiled a plan to transition Wyoming to a new phase of COVID-19 response. The plan creates a pathway to ease restrictions, recover businesses, and resume some activities. The phased approach will be driven by health-related data and provides counties flexibility to seek variances based on local conditions.
April 17, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has thanked the people of Wyoming for their diligence. “You have done what was asked and have helped to flatten the curve,” he said, “We are, and have been open for business.” Wyoming’s existing statewide orders are consistent with “Phase One” of President Trump’s Guidelines for Opening Up America Again, the Governor continued, and will remain in place until April 30.
April 15, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – As Wyoming continues to experience the direct and indirect fiscal impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Mark Gordon has instructed all state agency directors to identify opportunities to immediately reduce spending. Specifically, the Governor has immediately directed agencies to institute position freezes, halt general fund contracts greater than $100,000, and implement a rigorous review of major maintenance spending.
April 9, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has submitted a request to President Trump asking for a major disaster declaration for Wyoming. The declaration would allow all 23 of Wyoming’s counties and the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Tribes to access funding and services for crucial assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic.
April 3, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon and State Health Officer Dr. Alexia Harrist have extended the three existing statewide health orders through April 30 to slow community transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) and protect lives. The Governor has also issued a directive requiring any individual coming to Wyoming from another state or country for a non-work-related purpose to immediately self-quarantine for 14 days.
March 27, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon took action on the final 11 bills remaining on his desk. The Governor signed two bills, vetoed four bills and allowed five bills to go into law without his signature.
March 25, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon issued a plea to Wyomingites to stay home whenever possible to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic during a press conference today. The governor emphasized the need for public cooperation in order for Wyoming to make strides in slowing the spread of the virus. Voluntary public actions could alleviate the need to implement more stringent measures, he added.
March 22, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon announced that Wyoming small businesses are now eligible to apply for up to $2 million per company in federal economic disaster loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The announcement applies to businesses in all 23 counties.
March 21, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has supported an additional statewide order issued by the State Health Officer prohibiting gatherings of 10 people or more in a single room or confined space. The order also offers several exemptions.
March 20, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has endorsed a decision by the Wyoming State Health Officer to close public places for a two-week period to help slow the community spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
March 16, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has announced the creation of five coronavirus task forces. Each will be headed by one the five top-elected officials in order to provide a coordinated, focused response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
March 12, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon thanked the Legislature for delivering a budget bill that crafts a sound fiscal plan, but emphasized that current events have dramatically altered the state’s fiscal outlook.
February 24, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon expressed his gratitude to Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt after the Secretary intervened to call off a planned mountain goat culling through aerial gunning in Grand Teton National Park.
February 18, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has joined Legislative Leadership in their support for two bi-partisan bills that would allow the State of Wyoming to evaluate a significant land purchase that could bring new income to the state, while benefiting public access for hunting and outdoor recreation, wildlife and other economic interests.
February, 14 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon signed his Migration Corridor Executive Order at a public ceremony in the Capitol, the culmination of an approach that supports conservation, protects landowner rights and accommodates multiple-use opportunities.
February 10, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon delivered his 2020 State of the State Address before a Joint Session of the 65th Legislature on Monday morning, emphasizing the strength of the state, bright spots in Wyoming's economy, and his successes from his first year in office.
January 30, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The Governor’s Invasive Species Initiative (GISI) will meet on Tuesday, February 3 from 9 am to 3 pm at the Holiday Inn East in Casper.
January 26, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon will embark on a listening tour of four Wyoming communities on Saturday, February 1 to share details and answer questions related to his Migration Corridor Executive Order (EO). The tour, which is co-hosted by the Governor, the Wyoming County Commissioners Association and the commissioners of the respective counties, will include stops in Rawlins, Pinedale, Kemmerer and Rock Springs.
January 21, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon today announced that Wyoming and Montana have jointly asked the United States Supreme Court to hear a challenge to Washington State’s unconstitutional discrimination against a proposed coal export terminal.
January 14, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has submitted 17 letters to the Legislature’s Joint Appropriations Committee (JAC) that reflect some of his budget priorities and requests for 2021-2022.
January 9, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has issued a statement in the wake of President Donald Trump’s announcement today that he is seeking to modernize National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations.
January 7, 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Gordon’s Early Childhood State Advisory Council has been awarded a $2 million dollar grant to support and improve early childhood education programs in Wyoming. It will be used to help the Council utilize existing resources more efficiently; encourage partnerships among child care and PreK providers, Head Start Programs, and state and local governments; and improve transitions between early childhood programs and school systems.