Governor Matt Mead released his proposed state budget for the next two years. The governor says it includes opportunities for savings and cuts 17 million dollars from the existing budget. But some in the legislature hope to cut even more in coming weeks. Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck reports.
A moment ago we heard about efforts to reduce the state budget, now we will get the opinion of governor Matt Mead. The governor announced 17 million dollars in budget reductions in his first budget Thursday. But that was far short of what some lawmakers want. He joins us from his office in Cheyenne.
Wyoming manages a number of state lands, but frequently people do not understand what they mean to the state. Ryan Lance oversees the office of State Lands and Investments and he joins us today to explain how important they are to the state budget.
There’s good news in the economic forecast for ranchers in Wyoming. A wet winter and spring made for plenty of good grass, and now demand for beef is pushing cattle prices to record highs. Wyoming Public Radio’s Kathryn Flagg visited the Torrington Livestock Market and filed this report.
Big game hunting is big business here in Wyoming, and almost nothing is off limits to hunters, ranging from bison to mountain lions to moose. But a dramatic drop in the state’s moose population is hurting people who make a living from big game. Wyoming Public Radio’s Tristan Ahtone reports the reasons for the decline are complicated.