By Bob Beck
Cheyenne, Wyo. – The State Senate has passed its version of the state budget.
The Senate was frugal on the final day of debate, although it agreed to a different distribution scheme for new money for local government. Instead of requiring that cities, towns and counties use some of the money for capital construction projects, they now may use the money as they see fit. Senator Phil Nicholas says it was a practical decision. "I think part of it is that, at $10 million dollars, it was not easy to break it up and then go out to a consensus project to try to figure out how you are going to do it by capitol construction. So there is a view that it would be easier to put it out on a direct distribution."
Nicholas says the budget addresses a number of needs, and the Senate did not overspend. Their version of the budget now goes to the House for review. The House and Senate will later meet to iron out differences in their two versions.