Wyoming Governor Vetoes Cuts, Warns About K-12 Reductions
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Gov. Matt Mead says some spending reductions approved by the Legislature would cut too deep and has vetoed part of a supplemental budget bill.
Mead mostly kept the bill intact but also raises concern in a letter Thursday to House Speaker Steve Harshman about $20 million in cuts to K-12 education.
Mead says the cuts could interfere with an upcoming review of the state’s education funding formula, which won the approval of Wyoming courts after years of litigation.
Mead exercised his line-item veto authority to nix cuts to the Wyoming Business Council, Department of Corrections and Wyoming Pipeline Authority, saying they’ve already experienced major cuts. He also vetoed the Wyoming Water Development Commission budget, which also has come under scrutiny.
The supplemental budget modifies the state’s two-year budget.