CHEYENNE, Wyo. (KIFI/KIDK) - Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon has released a budget plan for the next two years. He says it charts "a fiscally conservative path that keeps ongoing spending low and calls for a significant reduction in capital construction."
Gordon said changes in the energy industry will have a significant impact on how Wyoming funds government services. "To prepare for this uncertain future, it's important we limit ongoing spending, ensure government is operating as efficiently as possible, and limit the use of the rainy day fund," said Gordon. "My budget proposal accomplishes all three."
Under Gordon's plan, standard agency budgets will move forward without cuts, but limit ongoing costs. Rainy day funds will be used solely for education or in support of local communities. He said additional spending cuts are likely.
The budget does outline some one-time investments, including energy research and development, school safety enhancements, facilities, and technology additions.
Despite the challenges, Gordon said he remains optimistic.
"Wyoming people have always persevered through adversity. Our conservatism is crucial as we exhibit fiscal restraint and acknowledge that government cannot be everything to everyone. In this budget, I have tried to separate the needs from the wants and prepare ourselves for the future," Gordon added.
You can view the Governor's complete budget message here.