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12:10 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Hill Announces Intention To Resume Superintendent Duties

Credit Cindy Hill Superintendent

Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill says she intends to resume her job leading the state department of education on Monday.

Lawmakers stripped Hill of many of her duties last year and removed her as the head of the department, but the Wyoming Supreme Court ruled that the move was unconstitutional. A District Court still must certify the ruling, but Hill told reporters today she’s ready to go back to work.

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5:45 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Halliburton Donates $3M To University Of Wyoming

A conceptual drawing of the University's proposed 'high bay' research facility.
Credit University of Wyoming

The University of Wyoming is getting a major donation for its new energy and engineering research complex.  Halliburton is giving $2 million to be applied towards a 'high bay' research facility.  

The facility's size will allow for large scale experiments.  Halliburton is also giving UW an additional $1 million for research into unconventional oil and gas reservoirs.  The gift will be matched by the state.  Governor Matt Mead says it was an exciting discussion with Halliburton.

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Features and Interviews
3:42 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

A personal conversation with Wyoming Governor Matt Mead

Governor Matt Mead talks about his Jackson roots, family influences as the grandson of  Senator Cliff Hansen and life in the governors mansion. His conversation is light-hearted as he talks about his Mom and her run for governor in 1990, how he met his wife, Carol and raising their two children.

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News
5:24 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Mead Says Wyoming In Good Shape

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead says he believes the state is in good shape going into the legislative budget session that starts next week.

Mead's State of the State address will kick off the legislative session that starts Monday in Cheyenne. Lawmakers have set aside four weeks to craft a budget for the two-year funding period that starts July 1.

Mead told The Associated Press today that he's generally satisfied with the Legislature's Joint Appropriations Committee's recommendations on his budget proposals.

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News
7:47 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Mead Says Wyoming's Energy Future Must Balance Economy And Environment

Governor Matt Mead

Governor Matt Mead and other elected officials made the case during a Jackson forum Wednesday that Wyoming's future depends on energy. They said that tapping state's energy resources, from coal to natural gas, is what pays the bills when it comes to building schools and other vital infrastructure.

But the governor said that doesn't mean producing energy should come at the cost of the environment. And that impressed Paul Hansen, who moderated
the forum.

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News
7:07 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Mead praises pick for UW president

Gov. Matt Mead says he thinks Dick McGinity will be a good president for the University of Wyoming.

McGinity had been serving as interim president, after Bob Sternberg resigned last year. Last week, the UW Board of Trustees decided to appoint him as the new president, without conducting a search.

Speaking to the Wyoming Press Association on Friday, Mead said McGinity is a good pick.

“He and I served together on the Wyoming Business Council,” Mead said. "I think he is a stellar guy. … He is humble; he is smart; he is going to provide great direction to UW.”

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News
5:32 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

EPA releases latest Wyo. haze reduction plan

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released its final version of a plan to reduce atmospheric haze by cutting emissions from coal-fired power plants in Wyoming.

EPA officials say the plan will improve visibility across wide-open spaces while protecting natural resources and local economies which depend on recreation.

They say the 714-page document adopts most of a separate plan proposed by Wyoming environmental regulators.

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News
8:01 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Tribes concerned over state response to EPA's reservation boundary ruling

Agreement over the boundaries of the Wind River Indian Reservation seems to be a long way off between the state’s tribes and Governor Matt Mead. 

The dispute is over an Environmental Protection Agency ruling that the city of Riverton falls on tribal land. In a letter to the governor Wednesday, the Northern Arapaho tribe says it was surprised by the governor’s reaction to the EPA ruling.  They say in the past, the state has actively promoted the idea of giving the tribes Treatment as a State status and allowing the EPA to settle the 1905 Act boundary dispute, once and for all. 

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News
9:29 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Gov. Mead says he doesn't have a good plan B in lieu of Medicaid expansion

Wyoming Democratic Party leaders have criticized Governor Matt Mead for opposing a full Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. There are over 17,000 low-income adults in the state and State Democratic Party Chairman Pete Gosar says it's not right to oppose the expansion, since Mead isn’t proposing another option.

At a press conference last week, Mead said that on that count, Gosar is right.

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News
6:43 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Highway fatalities down for the year, so far

Governor Matt Mead says the number of highway fatalities has been decreasing. 

"Wyoming began tracking highway fatalities in 1967 and if we finish the year up well we will have had 82 highway fatalities, which will be the lowest number since 1967," Mead said.

At this time last year, there were already 112 fatalities.

However, Mead warned that the holiday season tends to be the deadliest in Wyoming and drivers can expect a lot of enforcement out on the roads to help keep that number from growing.

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News
5:51 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Mead: Wyoming businesses doing well

Governor Matt Mead says Wyoming is seeing growth and success among businesses in the state.

During the governor’s business forum in Cheyenne he noted that Wyoming ranks high in a number of pro-business categories and that leads to growth in a variety of business sectors.  He says it will only get better.

“We have a great future ahead of us,” Mead said. “And it is not because we do everything right every day, it is because a common commitment and love for Wyoming and a care for the citizens and families in Wyoming to do everything as well as possible.”

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Coal
5:04 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Gov. Mead says WY coal exports still a good idea

Governor Matt Mead says there’s no question that Taiwan and South Korea want Wyoming coal. Mead just returned from a trip to those countries where he met with government leaders, trona industry representatives, and attended events promoting tourism in Wyoming. He says exporting Wyoming coal is still a good idea.  

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News
12:13 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

WY general fund does well in 2013, CREG report says

Fiscal Year 2013 has been a good year for Wyoming economically. The Consensus Revenue Estimating Group, or CREG, report says the state’s general fund exceeded 2013 projections by $333 million.

Governor Matt Mead says much of that comes from investments. Mead cautions that revenues from coal and natural gas are lackluster, but says oil did better than expected.

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Legislative
5:58 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Governor still mulling Medicaid expansion

Recently the Wyoming Department of Health submitted a revised plan on how the state could expand Medicaid Services to more people. 

It would require some of the new participants to pay into the system, much like they would do if they owned insurance.  They’d do this on a sliding fee scale depending on their income.  While he is still nervous about the federal government’s financial commitment to the effort, Governor Matt Mead says that the program could provide more health care to more people and also save the state money.

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News
4:44 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Mead is still considering Education Director candidates

Wyoming Governor Matt Mead says he is still weighing the attributes of the three finalists for the state’s new Education Director.  The Director would run the State Department of Education.  

Mead has interviewed all three, but says he wants more time to consider them.

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News
4:54 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Gov. Mead releases WY energy policy

Governor Matt Mead and his policy director, Shawn Reese, released an energy policy for Wyoming at a press conference today. The policy contains 47 initiatives broken down into categories including economic competitiveness and expansion, regulation, conservation, and education. Reese said there were a number of hallmark initiatives.

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News
6:40 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Gov. Mead says GOP Central Committee acted too quickly judging Hill bill

Governor Matt Mead says the Republican Central Committee acted too hastily when it approved a resolution endorsing a petition drive to repeal the state law that removed powers from State Superintendent Cindy Hill. Several members of the committee also wanted three Republican legislators who were instrumental in passing the law to leave the party. Mead says a court challenge to the law will be heard by the Supreme Court and the Wyoming Attorney General’s office is also concluding an investigation into how the Department was run in Superintendent Hill’s first two years in office.

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Meth
6:17 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Casper to host 10th annual Methamphetamine Conference

The tenth annual Methamphetamine and Substance Abuse Conference will be held in Casper at the end of April.

  Governor Matt Mead will be the special guest speaker. The conference brings stakeholders from across the state together with national speakers to discuss the impacts of methamphetamines on communities.

  Casper Crime Prevention Officer Jadee Kroeger, says the annual event can benefit a number of community services.

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Legislative
5:49 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Governor signs lottery bill

Wyoming Governor Matt Mead has signed a lottery bill into law.            

The Governor’s approval means that Wyoming can either form its own state lottery or enter into a multi-state lottery on July first. 

A C-E-O and a nine member board will oversee the lottery.  Mead said last week that he was weighing the pros and cons of the lottery, but ultimately decided to sign the bill to keep Wyoming residents from driving to other states to purchase lottery tickets.  Mead says he wants to keep those dollars in Wyoming. 

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News
6:59 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Governor ponders sequestration help

Mayors from communities surrounding Yellowstone National Park are asking the state of Wyoming to help pay for snow removal to help Yellowstone open its roads on time. 

Yellowstone officials say the snow removal has been delayed due to the federal sequestration.  But Governor Matt Mead says he has reservations about using state dollars to pay for federal obligations.    

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Adventure Race
6:03 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Adventure Race expected to draw tourists to Wyoming

This summer, the State of Wyoming and the City of Casper will sponsor a four-day adventure race, in which participants will hike, bike, and paddle more than 300 miles across the state. At the Governor’s Tourism Conference this week, Governor Matt Mead said the event will draw visitors from across North America and show off the state’s tourist attractions.Rev 3 Adventure, an event and race production company, will organize the Cowboy Tough Adventure Weekend.Company spokesman Michael Spiller described the race as a giant scavenger hunt, inspired by Wyoming attractions and history.

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Legislature
5:19 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Gov. Mead wraps up 2013 Legislature

Gov. Matt Mead addresses the Wyoming Legislature
Credit Bob Beck / Wyoming Public Radio

The Wyoming Legislative session has ended.  In his closing comments to lawmakers, Governor Matt Mead acknowledged that lawmakers had a difficult

“I asked in my state of the state for 6 percent budget cuts and you delivered that,” Mead said. “I asked in my state of the state to provide some flexibility in terms of where we go in the future in large projects.  You provided that.  I asked for in my budget to fund landfills, a Gillette-Madison water project, the School of Engineering.  You addressed all of those.”

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News
6:16 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Governor vetoes portions of the budget bill

Wyoming Governor Matt Mead has line item vetoed three areas of the state supplemental budget.  The governor vetoed a section that involved the management of surplus state money and he vetoed a section that required state agencies to consider more budget cuts.  Mead says it doesn’t make sense for agencies to re-do that exercise, especially since it’s possible that the state may get more revenue.

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News
6:57 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Enviro groups sue over wolf delisting

A consortium of environmental groups are suing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for removing Wyoming wolves from the Endangered Species List.

Now that federal protections have ended, Wyoming controls wolf management. The state’s plan allows the animals to be shot on sight throughout most of the state. In northwest Wyoming, there’s a limited hunting season, and the animals are protected for the rest of the year.

But Andrew Wetzler with the Natural Resources Defense Council says those protections won’t maintain a viable wolf population.

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News
4:53 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Mead says budget cuts will help cover costs of emergencies

One reason why the Governor is going ahead with budget cuts is because he wants to make sure the state has enough money to pay for emergencies. 

For example, the state will likely spend 50-million dollars to pay for 2012 forest fires.  

Governor Matt Mead said that weather forecast show that there is a good chance that the state will face a similar fire season next year.

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News
5:15 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

CREG projects $85 million increase in state revenue

Wyoming got some good news from the latest Consensus Revenue Estimating Group report, but it won’t be enough to stop budget cuts from occurring.   CREG reports that state revenue should increase by $85 million, mainly from projected Sales and Use tax revenue. 

But Governor Matt Mead says that will not be enough to keep him from suggesting eight-percent budget cuts to the legislature.  

CREG Co-Chairman Bill Mai says the group is cautious about a downturn in the coal industry, but they remain hopeful about other energy prices.

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News
5:24 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Wyoming to take over wolf management Monday

Wyoming is set to take over management of wolves on Monday. Earlier this month, U.S. Fish and Wildlife decided to remove the animals from the endangered species list.

Wyoming’s management plan allows wolves to be shot on sight in most of the state. In a few areas, a license will be required.

Gov. Matt Mead says he’s pleased that the state will now have control.

News
6:26 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

State looks for a new Oil and Gas Supervisor

 Governor Matt Mead hopes to move forward in finding a new Oil and Gas Supervisor.  The governor accepted the resignation of former Supervisor Tom Doll after Doll said unflattering things about those affected by water contamination in Pavillion. 

Mead Spokesman Renny MacKay says the governor will soon visit with the Oil and Gas Commission to determine how to go about a search. 

“He does want to work quickly on this but he says it’s most important to be thorough.  And so he’s not going to rush the process, but he does want it to move along quickly.”

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News
6:44 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Wyoming pushing to take roadless rule to the U.S. Supreme Court

The state of Wyoming is asking the U-S Supreme Court to consider the state’s challenge of the Clinton-era Roadless rule.

The rule makes road building, logging and development off limits in some areas of national forests.  Federal Judge Clarence Brimmer had previously agreed with the state that the U-S Forest Service exceeded its authority by creating the rule. 

Wyoming has contended that only Congress could take such action.  The Brimmer ruling has been overturned and Governor Matt Mead is hoping that the U-S Supreme Court will give it one last hearing.

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Open Spaces
3:59 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Gov. Matt Mead discusses proposed budget

Bob Beck recently spoke with Gov. Matt Mead in his office about a number of topics including proposed state budget cuts.