The Wyoming Department of Transportation may be one of the state agencies that benefits from the better than expected earnings Wyoming brought in this fiscal year. The state’s general fund is about $333 million over what the Consensus Revenue Estimating Group, or CREG, predicted.
Governor Matt Mead says he’s gone through WYDOT’s budget once, but may review it again.
The School of Energy Resources at the University of Wyoming is funded in large part with money from the energy industry. Other universities have gotten heat lately for not being open enough with their funding sources. Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov reports that some stakeholders are concerned about too much influence from energy at UW, but SER promises transparency.
Five years ago the state embarked on an innovative preventive medicine approach called Healthy Frontiers. It offered a version of health insurance to low income people who cannot afford it. The idea was to try and keep people off of Medicaid and out of the emergency room. But as Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck reports the legislature stripped money from the program essentially killing it.