By Bob Beck
Cheyenne, WY – The Joint Appropriations committee is trying to decide what to do about a disagreement over how community colleges believe they should be funded.
In his budget recomendation, the Governor denied a 15 million dollar funding request by the colleges that was to go into their new funding model. That model distributes funding to all community colleges.
The Governor was not comfortable with the model and stated that the colleges have plenty of other places to get money.
Community College commission Director Jim Rose brought the matter before the appropriations committee who expressed concerns as well. Jackson Democrat Pete Jorgensen says they may need to approve a budget without the funding model.
Senator Phil Nicholas of Laramie adds that it looks like the model is telling the state what it must give colleges. He says the model concept needs a lot of work.