Cheyenne, Wy – A veto by Gov. Dave Freudenthal will enable the state to cut funding for Wyoming's community colleges over the next couple of years, if necessary. The bill provides more state oversight of construction and programs at the seven colleges. Freudenthal left most of the legislation intact in signing it Thursday. However, he vetoed part of the bill that would have insulated the colleges from funding cuts in 2010 and 2011. Freudenthal says Wyoming may need to cut community college funding amid falling state revenue.
Cheyenne, Wy – Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal has vetoed a bill that aimed to protect ranchers who use public lands for grazing. House Bill 213 would have provided $300,000 in grants to conservation districts, allowing them to conduct more rangeland monitoring. The monitoring helps agencies make decisions on renewal of public land grazing permits. Bill supporters say federal land agencies are too backlogged to perform all necessary monitoring. But law requires they issue grazing permits anyway. They say this has allowed groups opposed to
Cheyenne, Wy – Some observers of the natural gas industry say the price of gas could go below three dollars per thousand cubic feet. That would be a blow to the state budget. Right now the price is about three dollars and eighty cents. The head of the Wyoming Oil and Gas Commission, Bob King, says he expects that there will be some short term fluctuations in natural gas prices, but nothing as serious as three dollar gas.
Washington D-C – Gov. Dave Freudenthal and Wyoming's congressional delegation say F.E. Warren Air Force Base would be the best place to put a new command center for the nation's nuclear arsenal. Freudenthal joined Sen. Mike Enzi, Sen. John Barrasso and Rep. Cynthia Lummis in Washington to make their case to Air Force Secretary Michael Donley on Tuesday. The Global Strike Command is currently at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C. Cheyenne's F.E. Warren is among six candidates to be the command center's new home.