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(Wyo)-Gov Mead Unveils Proposed Budget

By: John Axtell Posted at: 12/01/2017 11:58 PM
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead unveiled his proposed budget Thursday and he wants to increase spending on health and family services, saying that cuts made to withstand the economic downturn are hurting those agencies' ability to deliver services.
 
     The Legislature asked agencies to propose cuts but Mead said some department suggestions went too far, such as allowing the Dept of Health to privatize a state-run assisted living facility and nursing home.
 
     The governor recommended state lawmakers boost spending for the Dept of Family Services so the agency can renew contracts with the two tribes on the Wind River Reservation, called for increasing the Dept of Health's budget by $48 million dollars, and argued against a request to eliminate spending on immunizations.
    
     Lawmakers will take up the governor's plan when they convene the 2018 Legislative budget session in February.


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