The Wyoming House and Senate passed their respective versions of a state budget. Both bodies feature budget cuts of roughly 6% in an effort to deal with declining revenues. Cheyenne Representative Mary Throne says she is generally satisfied with the budget cuts.
During discussion on the state budget, legislators held a lengthy debate on whether teachers should be eligible for a one-time bonus intended for all state employees. The bonus is one percent of an employee’s salary.
In the Senate, discussion centered around the fact that some teachers could get raises through school district base salary increases, while other state employees have not received raises for up to four years. Senator Chris Rothfuss pointed out that lawmakers have also denied teachers state pay raises in the last few years. He says that could backfire.