Governor Mead Signs Budget With Many Vetoes
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead has vetoed numerous provisions in the state's $3-billion general appropriations bill that attempted to limit future state agency budget requests.
Mead says it's his obligation as governor to make budget proposals, even if the Legislature ultimately rejects them.
Mead on Thursday evening released an extensive list of line-item vetoes to budget bill that will fund the bulk of state operations for two years beginning this July. Lawmakers likely will review Mead's actions on Friday.
Mead says he's disappointed the Legislature this session rejected federal funds to expand Medicaid, a move analysts say cost the state over $30 million.
The budget generally calls for 1.5-percent cuts to agency budgets except the Wyoming Department of Health. The state is facing revenue shortfalls with the decline in energy prices.