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Sun May 26, 2019, 08:30 AM

Wyoming faces big questions on state budget

Whittling down the months to the 2020 budget session, the Wyoming Legislature finds itself at an interesting crossroads.

On one end is the state’s stop-and-go conversations on revenue, which often brim with optimism in the interim session before falling flat once it’s time to vote. On the other end is the fruition of a long anticipated government efficiency study, which state-hired consultants Alvarez & Marsal have estimated could potentially lead to tens of millions of dollars in savings over the coming years.

As both conversations come to a head in a year where tensions over revenues, spending and the state’s financial outlook have begun to flare, how Gov. Mark Gordon’s first budget year will actually shape up – and the budget years to come — is still an open question.

In the executive branch, conversations about government efficiency and cost-consciousness have been going about as expected, Gov. Gordon told the Star-Tribune recently. He has already proceeded with asking agency heads in state government to identify potential cost savings in their departments and bring them forward.

Read more: https://trib.com/news/state-and-regional/wyoming-faces-big-questions-on-state-budget/article_dfe8c85e-2660-58f4-a9db-71d6b4b0f30b.html
(Casper Star Tribune)

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