By Renny MacKay
Laramie, WY – Governor Dave Freudenthal issued an executive order today restricting new hires at state agencies. The order also asks that agencies limit spending on non-essential items like travel and new equipment, but it gives leeway for some critical state services. "Because of the revenue picture, we have instituted a restriction on new hiring," Freudenthal said, "but we have also included a provision for the agencies in those cases involving public health and safety to approach the Department of Administration and Information to get an exception to the policy."
The order doesn't apply to community colleges, the university or the judicial branch, but the governor asked that they cooperate in recognition of the fiscal situation. The Governor said last week that the state will have to cut $325 million from its budget by July first. Today's executive order is in effect until further notice.