Governor Mark Gordon has been continuing to lead the planning efforts on how to invest in the future of Wyoming. The public engagement and planning process is continuing, as the Governor’s Strike Team prepares recommendations on how best to utilize state funds awarded under the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARP).

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The Governor previously expressed his commitment to a thoughtful, purposeful, transparent, and strategic approach to handling ARP funds.

The Governor’s plan to “Survive, Drive and Thrive” was published in June, identifying three areas of focus:

  • Health and Social Services
  • Education and Workforce
  • Economic Diversity and Economic Development

For each area, Governor Gordon has directed strike team members to focus on solutions to challenges identified through a survey sent to stakeholders earlier this year.

This process includes developing proposals for initiatives or new programs for consideration by the Legislature. Unlike previously received federal relief funds, the state has more than five years to spend ARP funds.

In addition, members of the Strike Team are engaging stakeholders to develop proposals to address challenges related to workforce development, education, childcare, food insecurity, healthcare, wildlife conservation, and making government more efficient.

The Governor’s office will provide an update on ARP expenditure planning to the Legislature’s Joint Appropriations Committee at 4 pm today (September 9).

LOOK: Here are the pets banned in each state

Because the regulation of exotic animals is left to states, some organizations, including The Humane Society of the United States, advocate for federal, standardized legislation that would ban owning large cats, bears, primates, and large poisonous snakes as pets.

Read on to see which pets are banned in your home state, as well as across the nation.