Governor Mead Signs Budget Bill, exercises veto authority

(Cheyenne, Wyo.) — Gov. Matt Mead signed the 2017-2018 Biennium Budget Bill. The governor exercised his line item veto authority. In a letter to Sen. Phil Nicholas, President of the Wyoming Senate, Mead said the following: "Over the course of 2015 and through these beginning months of 2016 Wyoming's revenues have fallen. The cyclical nature of revenue in Wyoming is well known to us and we have planned for these cycles with the Wyoming Permanent Mineral Trust Fund, the Legislative Stabilization Reserve Account and conservative spending," Mead said. Mead said he was disappointed that the Legislature "missed a critical opportunity this session to move forward with Medicaid expansion," resulting in what he called an additional $30 million needed to be cut from the budget. "I do not agree with other decisions made in this and the other appropriation bills this session as the Legislature did not agree with many of my recommendations," Mead said. "There is also disagreement among legislators on the right course of action." Mead used his veto authority to eliminate lines in the budget where the Legislature prohibited agencies from including requests in their standard budget. See all vetoes detailed in Mead's letter below: [image: Inline image 1] [image: Inline image 2] [image: Inline image 3] [image: Inline image 4] *Pitchengine Communities photo* #dally #news