(Cheyenne, Wyo.) - The Joint Appropriations Committee met today to hear several Wyoming agencies speak on their proposed budget reductions, June 21. Gov. Matt Mead stated there was an anticipated revenue decrease anywhere from $240 million to $510 million for the state, leaving several agencies under pressure to cut budgets for the upcoming year. Gov. Mead announced this morning
that the state will be reducing its budget by $248 million
for the upcoming budget beginning July 1. Among those budgets cuts,
included 677 private sector jobs lost.
The following agencies and proposed budget cuts were discussed at the JAC
meeting so far today:
- Wyoming Dept. of Health - $90 million in reductions (read more here
- State Treasurer - $330,000 in reductions
- University of Wyoming - $26 million in reoccurring and one-time
- Dept. of Corrections - $17 million in reductions
- Wyoming Community College Commission -
- Dept. of Family Services - $13 million in reductions
- Wyoming Game and Fish Dept.
- Secretary of State
- State Auditor - $1.4 million
- Superintendent of Public Instruction - $1.6 million
"We estimate that we will lose an additional $43 million in federal
matching funds," Tom Forslund, Wyoming Dept. of Health Director, said.
Forslund stated his department looked to reduce 70 programs, eliminating 27
positions. Including eliminating the oral health program, reducing the
elder rights program by $140,000, and reducing the cancer programs by
$49,000 in administration expenses.
State Treasurer, Mark Gordon, stated his agency operates under three major
department; unclaimed property, financial operations, and investments. "We
are a very lean agency, when someone is out of office on leave, we don't
have adequate help to back them up," Gordon stated.
University of Wyoming President, Laurie Nichols, stated the university is
currently working to address a $3 million shortfall in paying their utility
bill, along with working to purchase a new fiscal and accounting system
needed at the school. Nichols stated that eliminating positions will be
part of the plan, and mentioned the school receives resignations every
week, "there is a hiring freeze at the university as we speak." Nichols
stated that the biggest push-back she has faced to date is where they are
at with faculty workload. "I've asked faculty to step up and teach more
courses to meet the standard workload."
"By January, further cuts may be necessary," Gov. Mead said.