budget http://wyomingpublicradio.net en Wyoming Air National Guard To Lose Airmen And Aircrafts http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/wyoming-air-national-guard-lose-airmen-and-aircrafts <p>The Wyoming Air National Guard's 153rd Airlift Wing could lose approximately 210 airmen and four aircrafts from their active duty associate unit sometime after October of this year.<br /><br />The associate Air Force unit, the 30<sup>th</sup> Airlift Squadron, would be closed under the President's 2015 budget proposal.<br /><br />Adjutant General of the Wyoming National Guard, Luke Reiner, says "the 30th Airlift Squadron is a vital component to our national defense and has made the Wyoming Air National guard stronger by its presence."</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 14:23:39 +0000 Irina Zhorov 55210 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Wyoming Air National Guard To Lose Airmen And Aircrafts Wyo. Delegation Says Obama’s Budget Bad for State http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/wyo-delegation-says-obama-s-budget-bad-state <p>This week President Barack Obama unveiled his budget, which the Wyoming congressional delegation says would cripple the state's economy. Matt Laslo has the details from Washington.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 23:46:31 +0000 Matt Laslo 55016 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Wyo. Delegation Says Obama’s Budget Bad for State Game And Fish Funding Bill Survives Another Day http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/game-and-fish-funding-bill-survives-another-day <p>The Wyoming House of Representatives again discussed whether to provide money to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department for health insurance and for management of grizzly bears.&nbsp;</p><p>Wednesday the House voted down an attempt to remove the Grizzly funding and Thursday the House defeated an amendment that would have removed health insurance funds.&nbsp; House Floor Leader Kermit Brown says the additional money is needed because lawmakers won't approve license fee increases.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 01:14:14 +0000 Bob Beck 54667 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Game And Fish Funding Bill Survives Another Day Bebout: UW Treated Well In Budget Bill http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/bebout-uw-treated-well-budget-bill <p>The Wyoming House and Senate approved their versions of the state budget on Friday and will now work on reaching a compromise to send to the Governor.&nbsp; One of the entities that received a lot of attention was the University of Wyoming.&nbsp; Senate Appropriations Chairman Eli Bebout said that UW was treated well.</p><p></p><p>“We made some cuts, that’s what we do.&nbsp; But we gave some endowment money, we are moving ahead on a tier 1 Engineering College, we did the double-A, looking at the Corbett pools, we did that endowed chair for petroleum engineering.”</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 13:58:30 +0000 Bob Beck 54461 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Bebout: UW Treated Well In Budget Bill WY House and Senate Finish Up Budget Work http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/wy-house-and-senate-finish-budget-work <p>The Wyoming House and Senate finished up budget work today.&nbsp;Leaders in both bodies say they probably spent more than they should, but they are generally satisfied.&nbsp; Senate Appropriations Chairman Eli Bebout says they addressed some important needs&nbsp;including funding for public employee raises and the University of Wyoming.&nbsp; Bebout remains concerned about the future, but he says this budget is more encouraging than past ones.</p> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 01:03:04 +0000 Bob Beck 54387 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net WY House and Senate Finish Up Budget Work Energy Items Considered In State Budget Bill http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/energy-items-considered-state-budget-bill <p>Wyoming lawmakers are voting on the state budget this week and are considering proposals to strengthen the energy industry in the state.</p><p></p><p><br />15 million dollars is proposed for a facility to study the capture, sequestration, and management of carbon emissions from a coal fired power plant.&nbsp; Senator Jim Anderson of Glenrock says it’s important to the future of Wyoming Coal.</p><p>“Perhaps bring Wyoming into a new era and it would certainly in regard to our reliance on coal and other things that are carbon based be a blessing if in fact we could do this.”</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 00:21:53 +0000 Bob Beck 54220 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Energy Items Considered In State Budget Bill WY's Congressional lawmakers urge feds to fund Payments in Lieu of Taxes program http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/wys-congressional-lawmakers-urge-feds-fund-payments-lieu-taxes-program <p>In a letter signed by 16 senators and himself, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi has asked the federal Committee on Appropriations to continue funding the Payments in Lieu of Taxes – or PILT - program. The program contributes money to counties with federal lands within their borders. The payments help make up for what counties lose by not being able to collect taxes on those lands.</p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 01:58:53 +0000 Irina Zhorov 51737 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net WY's Congressional lawmakers urge feds to fund Payments in Lieu of Taxes program Wyoming's U.S. Senators to vote against budget compromise http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/wyomings-us-senators-vote-against-budget-compromise <p>Wyoming’s two U.S. Senators plan to vote against a budget compromise that will be taken up by the Senate on Wednesday.&nbsp; Senator Mike Enzi spoke out against the deal on the Senate floor.&nbsp; Enzi says it cuts too little, if anything.</p><p>“We talk about how we have reduced the deficit.&nbsp; Reduced the deficit?&nbsp; Yeah, that means we used to be overspending a trillion dollars a year and now we are only overspending $500 billion, which is half a trillion.&nbsp; That’s still overspending,” says Enzi.</p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 01:13:42 +0000 Bob Beck 51454 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Wyoming's U.S. Senators to vote against budget compromise Wyoming Senators Oppose Budget Deal http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/wyoming-senators-oppose-budget-deal <p>Wyoming’s two U-S Senators plan to vote against a budget compromise that will be taken up by the Senate on Wednesday.&nbsp; Senator Mike Enzi spoke out against the deal on the Senate floor.&nbsp; Enzi says it cuts too little...if anything.</p><p>“We talk about how we have reduced the deficit.&nbsp; Reduced the deficit?&nbsp; Yeah, that means we used to be overspending a trillion dollars a year and now we are only overspending $500 billion, which is half a trillion.&nbsp; That’s still overspending.”</p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 23:07:46 +0000 Bob Beck 51447 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Wyoming Senators Oppose Budget Deal Governor Matt Mead defends his opposition to Medicaid expansion and other topics http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/governor-matt-mead-defends-his-opposition-medicaid-expansion-and-other-topics <p>Last week Wyoming governor Matt Mead released his proposed budget for the next two years.&nbsp; The governor joins us to discuss something he did not recommend and discusses other topics, such as whether he will run for re-election.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 23:21:13 +0000 Bob Beck 50932 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Governor Matt Mead defends his opposition to Medicaid expansion and other topics Governor proposes budget increase for local government http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/governor-proposes-budget-increase-local-government <p>In the governor’s budget last week, one area that didn’t get a lot of attention is a proposal to increase funding to communities and counties by $175 million.&nbsp; That would be a $40 million increase over his previous proposal.&nbsp; 40 percent of that money would go for infrastructure, such as roads, but the rest would go into operations.&nbsp; If approved, it would come at a time when most local governments are dealing with less revenue.&nbsp; Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck reports.</p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 23:06:39 +0000 Bob Beck 50929 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Governor proposes budget increase for local government Lawmakers still worried about Wyoming’s revenue picture http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/lawmakers-still-worried-about-wyoming-s-revenue-picture <p>The main revenue forecasting arm for the state of Wyoming called 2013 a solid year economically.&nbsp; Thanks to investments it means the state raised almost 350 million dollars over projections.&nbsp; But the Consensus Revenue Estimating Group or CREG says while this is great news, problems may be on the horizon. The legislative committee tasked with developing the state’s budget wants to be cautious.&nbsp; Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck reports…</p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 23:08:30 +0000 Bob Beck 49644 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Lawmakers still worried about Wyoming’s revenue picture Appropriations committee supports cost adjustment for school salaries http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/appropriations-committee-supports-cost-adjustment-school-salaries <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After a lengthy discussion, the Legislature’s Joint Appropriations Committee voted to support a two-percent external cost adjustment for public schools.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 23:14:22 +0000 Bob Beck 49057 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Appropriations committee supports cost adjustment for school salaries UW Trustees request $13M for pay raises http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/uw-trustees-request-13m-pay-raises <p></p><p></p> Sat, 27 Jul 2013 00:50:10 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 44404 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net UW Trustees request $13M for pay raises UW Board of Trustees to vote on proposed salary hikes http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/uw-board-trustees-vote-proposed-salary-hikes <p>The University of Wyoming has not given a pay raise to its faculty and staff in four years now and the board of trustees is concerned that scrimping on salaries has begun to adversely affect the education the university offers.&nbsp; David Bostrom, the president of the UW Board of Trustees, says that employee salaries don’t just need to compete state-wide but must also compete nationally and internationally within their fields.</p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 14:03:50 +0000 Melodie Edwards 44179 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net UW Board of Trustees to vote on proposed salary hikes Fremont County waiting on SLIB decision to replace unsafe courthouse http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/fremont-county-waiting-slib-decision-replace-unsafe-courthouse <p></p><p></p><p>The Fremont County Board of Commissioners is hoping the State Loan and Investments Board will approve its application for a $2.6 million dollar grant to build a Riverton justice center.</p><p>It would cover half the cost of a new building to house offices for the sheriff and county attorneys, as well as a circuit court.</p><p>Riverton Circuit Court Judge Wesley Roberts says the small pre-fab building they’re currently using has long been insufficient.</p> Mon, 20 May 2013 22:39:10 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 41065 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Fremont County waiting on SLIB decision to replace unsafe courthouse Sequestration forces cuts to seasonal staff and emergency responders at Grand Teton http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/sequestration-forces-cuts-seasonal-staff-and-emergency-responders-grand-teton <p>Grand Teton National Park says that because of the federal sequestration, it will be hiring fewer seasonal workers this summer and will be making cuts to emergency response teams.</p><p></p><p>The park was instructed to trim its budget by $700,000 for the next six months. Park Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott says the changes will be noticeable.</p><p>“We know there will be delays in responding to search and rescue, as well as medical emergencies and law enforcement,” Scott said.</p><p>She says they will also have fewer fire fighters.</p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 22:26:46 +0000 Willow Belden 38473 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Sequestration forces cuts to seasonal staff and emergency responders at Grand Teton Cheyenne Regional Airport might lose air tower http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/cheyenne-regional-airport-might-lose-air-tower <p>Cheyenne Regional Airport could lose its air tower as a result of the federal sequester. The Federal Aviation Administration is losing funding for 100 towers nationwide, each of which serve airports with a limited number of flights.</p><p>David Haring is director of aviation at the airport. He says the airport will continue to operate… but losing the air tower is a big deal, because it’s an important safety tool.</p> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 14:11:59 +0000 Luke Hammons 37591 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Cheyenne Regional Airport might lose air tower Governor vetoes portions of the budget bill http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/governor-vetoes-portions-budget-bill <p>Wyoming Governor Matt Mead has line item vetoed three areas of the state supplemental budget.&nbsp; The governor vetoed a section that involved the management of surplus state money and he vetoed a section that required state agencies to consider more budget cuts.&nbsp; Mead says it doesn’t make sense for agencies to re-do that exercise, especially since it’s possible that the state may get more revenue.</p> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 01:16:59 +0000 Bob Beck 37014 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Governor vetoes portions of the budget bill Legislature sends budget bill to the Governor http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/legislature-sends-budget-bill-governor <p>The Wyoming House and Senate have reached a budget agreement on a $78 million supplemental budget and will send it to the Governor for his consideration.&nbsp; While there was no discussion in the Senate, several representatives in the House were concerned that instead of cutting government…the legislature is spending more.&nbsp; But House Appropriations Chairman Steve Harshman says most of the money is one-time spending.</p> Sat, 16 Feb 2013 00:03:10 +0000 Bob Beck 36757 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Legislature sends budget bill to the Governor Bebout supports increasing the Permanent Mineral Trust Fund http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/bebout-supports-increasing-permanent-mineral-trust-fund <p></p><p></p><p>As the Legislature irons out the final details of the State budget, the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee says lawmakers were forward-thinking with the budget.&nbsp;</p><p>During a news conference, Senator Eli Bebout of Riverton said the spending reductions and cuts to some agencies were needed to get the budget in shape for future spending.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 00:42:51 +0000 Bob Beck 36601 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Bebout supports increasing the Permanent Mineral Trust Fund Funding for UW College of Engineering building debated http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/funding-uw-college-engineering-building-debated <p>An attempt to remove funding from the University of Wyoming’s College of Engineering failed in the state House of Representatives.&nbsp;<br><br>Jackson Representative Keith Gingery fought to remove $55 million that will be spent to upgrade the UW College of Engineering, because the state has other needs.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 01:21:57 +0000 Bob Beck 36335 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Funding for UW College of Engineering building debated Wyoming legislature begins budget work http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/wyoming-legislature-begins-budget-work-0 <p>State lawmakers have started reviewing the proposed supplemental state budget.&nbsp; The budget features an average of six and a half percent cuts and limits new spending.</p><p>House Appropriations Chairman Steve Harshman says the legislature will have some money that can be added to the budget if needed.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 21:56:17 +0000 Bob Beck 36203 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Wyoming legislature begins budget work Legislative panel rejects Mead's fiscal proposals http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/legislative-panel-rejects-meads-fiscal-proposals <p>The legislative panel responsible for drafting a supplemental Wyoming state budget bill recommends that lawmakers reject Gov. Matt Mead's proposal to cut the flow of energy revenues going into permanent savings and school construction.</p><p>Mead wants Wyoming to build up its so-called rainy day fund in case the state needs ready cash to deal with projected flat energy revenues in the years to come.</p> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 12:26:30 +0000 The Associated Press 35552 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Legislative panel rejects Mead's fiscal proposals Wyoming Legislature set to convene today http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/wyoming-legislature-set-convene-today <p>The Wyoming Legislature is set to convene at noon today for the first day of its general session, which is set to run through early March.<br>&nbsp;<br>Lawmakers generally take care of housekeeping matters on the first day and won't get down to business until after Gov. Matt Mead delivers his annual state of the state address tomorrow morning.<br>&nbsp; Tue, 08 Jan 2013 12:46:31 +0000 The Associated Press & The Associated Press 34968 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Wyoming Legislature set to convene today Wyoming Legislature faces budget talks in 2013 session http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/wyoming-legislature-faces-budget-talks-2013-session <p>Wyoming House Speaker-elect Tom Lubnau says crafting a supplemental state budget will be the "overriding concern" as lawmakers open the 2013 session tomorrow</p><p></p><p>.</p><p>State financial analysts are warning that Wyoming needs to brace for flat revenues for years to come, given the slumping national demand for coal and increasing natural gas production in other states.</p><p>Gov. Matt Mead presented a budget proposal to lawmakers last month calling for cutting state agency budgets by an average of 6.5 percent.</p> Mon, 07 Jan 2013 11:59:43 +0000 Associated Press 34911 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Wyoming Legislature faces budget talks in 2013 session Legislators say increased budget over last decade was justified http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/legislators-say-increased-budget-over-last-decade-was-justified <p>As the legislature considers cutting budgets next month, some members are taking issue with comments that the state has doubled its budget over the last ten years.&nbsp; Incoming House Appropriations Chairman Steve Harshman says the state spent money on things ranging from the Hathaway Scholarship to improving neglected infrastructure across the state.&nbsp; Harshman says some of that spending also went into funds that should help the state in future years.</p> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 14:55:51 +0000 Bob Beck 34154 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Legislators say increased budget over last decade was justified A conversation with Mead on proposed budget, Medicaid decision http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/conversation-mead-proposed-budget-medicaid-decision <p>Last week, Wyoming Governor Matt Mead released his proposed budget and he will present that budget to the legislature’s Joint Appropriations Committee on Monday.&nbsp; The budget features some cuts and a couple of policy decisions.&nbsp; The Governor joins us now.</p> Fri, 07 Dec 2012 23:42:41 +0000 Bob Beck 33798 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net A conversation with Mead on proposed budget, Medicaid decision Mead prepares to submit budget to lawmakers http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/mead-prepares-submit-budget-lawmakers <p>This week Governor Matt Mead is submitting his proposed budget to Wyoming legislators.&nbsp; The budget will include some spending priorities, but will also feature a wide range of budget cuts, some as high as eight percent.&nbsp; K-12 education has been viewed by lawmakers as untouchable due to the fact that the state lost an expensive lawsuit over school funding.&nbsp; But Mead believes some adjustments can be made in the amount of spending that goes into new schools.</p> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 22:57:16 +0000 Bob Beck 33392 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Mead prepares to submit budget to lawmakers Wyoming Stands to Lose $700 Million in AML Funds http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/wyoming-stands-lose-700-million-aml-funds <p>&nbsp;</p><p>Wyoming leaders are shell-shocked after learning that Congress has arranged to take hundreds of millions of dollars money from the Abandoned Mine Lands program to fund a federal transportation bill.</p><p>Wyoming coal producers have paid $2.9 billion into the program, and the state was guaranteed $1.9 billion back for reclamation efforts. The cut would reduce Wyoming&rsquo;s share by about 700 million dollars over the next decade. That money is used for a variety of projects. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 03 Jul 2012 22:38:44 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 26501 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Wyoming Stands to Lose $700 Million in AML Funds