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Governor Provides Update on Many Ongoing Efforts

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State Capitol
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Ph. (307) 777-7437

May 3, 2013


Renny MacKay
Communications Director

Governor Provides Update on Many Ongoing Efforts

CHEYENNE, Wyo. –  Governor Matt Mead held a news conference today to take questions from reporters and update the public about ongoing initiatives. The Governor touched on everything from preparing to appoint the board that will oversee the lottery in Wyoming to greenhouse gas lawsuits that will be heard in court next week.

Governor Mead started the news conference by congratulating HiViz Shooting Systems and the City of Laramie for the announcement that the company will move to Laramie soon. The Governor said he is eagerly recruiting companies including those that manufacture products for guns. “We want to highlight all that Wyoming has to offer as a pro-business state and specifically our respect of Second Amendment rights,” Governor Mead said.

Congratulations were also extended to the communities of Jackson and Cody and the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT). The communities paid for plowing of the roads to Yellowstone National Park when federal sequestration threatened to delay tourists’ access to the Park. While the local communities paid the cost, WYDOT equipment was provided by the State. This concerted effort resulted in the East Entrance to the Park opening on time today. (See photo of long line of cars) The South Gate is also slated to open on time next week on May 10th. “The reports are that the terrific employees at WYDOT finished ahead of schedule and under budget,” Governor Mead noted.

Looking ahead, the state’s 6.5% budget cuts go into effect on July 1, 2013. Governor Mead is already preparing the subsequent budget for the following two years. He said the next budget will hold the line on spending. The reports are positive that state revenue is coming in at or above forecasts. 

Governor Mead will roll out the Wyoming Energy Strategy this month. The Governor said the strategy will be updated every year. It will include an initiative to start baseline testing of water.

Today, Governor Mead also talked about progress being made on other fronts. He noted the effort that is growing to improve workplace safety; the push to streamline state agencies’ rules to make them more business friendly; the work done to reach agreements with almost all of the citizens in Rock Springs who had been looking for a settlement with the state related to damage to their homes; and the continued impetus to get more vehicles in Wyoming to run on natural gas.

According to Governor Mead the recent snow storms have helped alleviate the lack of moisture the state has experienced. He said there is still plenty of concern about another bad fire season. Governor Mead added, “I have asked our Office of Homeland Security, our Military Department and our State Forester to continue working with federal partners to prepare for what they say will be a significant fire season.”

Governor Mead has written the U.S. Forest Service that he will not be returning federal dollars that were sent to counties for roads, schools, firefighting and forest restoration prior to federal sequestration. The Forest Service had asked Wyoming to retroactively return $200,000 that went to counties in January.

In the news conference today Governor Mead said, “That money was paid appropriately. It has been distributed and if and until they can show me some legal authority I am not inclined to give it back.”

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Sep 16, 2013, 11:19 AM