While some states are considering using their own money to open national parks and help underfunded federal programs which are struggling due to the federal shutdown…Wyoming will not participate.
Governor Matt Mead says there is no doubt that the federal shutdown has far reaching implications, but his spokesman, Renny MacKay, says the state has no intention of spending state money on federal programs.
State agencies say they continue to work on contingency plans in case key programs run out of money.
Governor Matt Mead says he trusts the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality to deliver trustworthy results when it takes over the Pavillion water contamination study from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. A draft of the study initiated by the EPA was released in 2011 and tentatively linked groundwater contamination with fracking, something industry expressed skepticism about.
Mead says he’s not sure yet whether the state study will be peer reviewed once it’s completed.
Gov. Matt Mead has named Peter Michael to serve as interim Wyoming Attorney General.
Michael replaces former AG Greg Phillips, who was sworn in on Monday as a judge on the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. Michael had served as deputy attorney general for Phillips.
Mead says Michael is an excellent attorney. Mead says he's confident Michael will lead the Attorney General's Office in a steady and capable manner until he can find a permanent replacement for Phillips.
Wyoming is scheduled to lose 53 million dollars in federal mineral royalties this summer along with other federal dollars due to the sequester.
Governor Matt Mead says higher than expected gas prices and other earnings will allow the state to overcome that loss of revenue. But during a news conference with reporters, Mead said that he will be worried if these federal cuts continue.
Top Wyoming officials say congressional action to block about $700 million in federal Abandoned Mine Land payments to the state over the next 10 years threatens to be devastating to the state budget.
Gov. Matt Mead and Sen. Phil Nicholas, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee in the Wyoming Legislature, say the loss will leave the state hard-pressed to continue to pay for coal research and other programs it has covered with the AML dollars.
Gov. Matt Mead says it’s taking longer than he expected to develop an energy policy for Wyoming.
Mead wanted to have a draft energy policy finished this summer, but he says it’s taking a long time to gather input from all interested parties, including conservation groups, ag groups and the energy industry. Still, he says the finished product will be worth the wait.
“Rather than being reactive and engaging in lawsuits and court battles, let’s work together to find a consensus on where we should go with energy development in the state,” the governor said.
Wyoming Governor Matt Mead and a delegation of state officials will tout Wyoming’s coal and abundant energy resources in China this week. The group is attending the 2012 International advanced Coal Technologies Conference. Governor Mead says this could turn out to be an important trip.
“This is a big enough issue, that is coal and energy to Wyoming, that collectively we all need to see what others have done and see if we can take back some good ideas.”
A panel of Wyoming legislators has voted to deny Gov. Matt Mead's request to use state money to make up for expired federal stimulus funds that had gone to help support the Medicaid program.
A majority of members of the Joint Appropriations Committee voted against Mead's request to give the Health Department and extra $37 million for Medicaid today.
The committee also voted against Mead's request to put up nearly $7 million to cut waiting lists for people in the state waiting for services for developmental disabilities and acquired brain injuries.
Governor Matt Mead is wrapping up a trip to Texas where he's been meeting with officials of some of the nation's largest energy companies to try to drum up support for the University of Wyoming's School of Energy Resources.
Renny MacKay is spokesman for Mead in Cheyenne. MacKay says Mead and UW officials have been in Houston and Dallas since Tuesday.
MacKay says they've been meeting with representatives from such energy firms as Exxon, Mobil and Marathon Oil Corp. He says Mead is due back in Wyoming on Wednesday afternoon.
Governor Matt Mead is once again urging the U-S Postal Service of resist cutting some of Wyoming’s Post Offices. Mead says rural Post Offices are an important source of commerce and communication for rural areas and he’s urging the Postal Service to find other ways to deal with its budget woes.