matt mead http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Gov. Mead Proposes Carbon Research Facility http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/gov-mead-proposes-carbon-research-facility <p>Governor Matt Mead is proposing that Wyoming set aside $15 million to open a research center focused on new uses of carbon captured from coal-fired power plants.</p><p>The state already has an institute which looks at the use of captured carbon for enhanced oil recovery, but Mead’s policy director, Shawn Reese, says this facility would be used to develop additional uses of carbon like fertilizers, building materials, biochemical products, and synthetic gases.</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 01:56:14 +0000 Bob Beck 53001 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Gov. Mead Proposes Carbon Research Facility EPA releases latest Wyo. haze reduction plan http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/epa-releases-latest-wyo-haze-reduction-plan <p>The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released its final version of a plan to reduce atmospheric haze by cutting emissions from coal-fired power plants in Wyoming.</p><p></p><p>EPA officials say the plan will improve visibility across wide-open spaces while protecting natural resources and local economies which depend on recreation.</p><p>They say the 714-page document adopts most of a separate plan proposed by Wyoming environmental regulators.</p> Sat, 11 Jan 2014 00:32:15 +0000 The Associated Press 52475 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org EPA releases latest Wyo. haze reduction plan Wyoming attracts another gun product business http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-attracts-another-gun-product-business <p></p><p>Gun magazine manufacturer Magpul Industries is leaving Colorado and moving part of its operation to Cheyenne.&nbsp;</p><p>The company announced that it is leaving Colorado because of the passage of a number of new gun restrictions.&nbsp; Its production, distribution and shipping operations will move to Cheyenne.&nbsp; Governor Matt Mead says he and other Wyoming officials started speaking with Magpul a year ago.</p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 14:29:14 +0000 Bob Beck 52140 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming attracts another gun product business Democrats push for Medicaid expansion http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/democrats-push-medicaid-expansion <p> Two Democratic members of the legislature’s Joint Appropriations Committee criticized Governor Mead’s decision not to expand Medicaid Services.&nbsp;</p><p>At today’s/Monday’s meeting, Senator John Hastert said Mead’s dislike of the Affordable Care Act has nothing to do with expanding Medicaid and helping Wyoming’s poor get insurance.&nbsp;</p><p>Representative Ken Esquibel noted that despite concerns with the A-C-A, other states are having great success with Medicaid expansion.&nbsp; He urged Mead to keep an open mind and review those successes.</p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 23:32:55 +0000 Bob Beck 51052 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Democrats push for Medicaid expansion Wyoming will not use state money to pay for federal programs http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-will-not-use-state-money-pay-federal-programs <p> While some states are considering using their own money to open national parks and help underfunded federal programs which are struggling due to the federal shutdown&hellip;Wyoming will not participate.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Governor Matt Mead says there is no doubt that the federal shutdown has far reaching implications, but his spokesman, Renny MacKay, says the state has no intention of spending state money on federal programs.<strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong></p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 20:10:36 +0000 Bob Beck 48259 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming will not use state money to pay for federal programs Gov. Mead speaks about state takeover of the Pavillion water study and potential investments http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/gov-mead-speaks-about-state-takeover-pavillion-water-study-and-potential-investments <p>Governor Matt Mead says he trusts the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality to deliver trustworthy results when it takes over the Pavillion water contamination study from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. A draft of the study initiated by the EPA was released in 2011 and tentatively linked groundwater contamination with fracking, something industry expressed skepticism about.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Mead says he’s not sure yet whether the state study will be peer reviewed once it’s completed.</p><p></p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 22:54:10 +0000 Irina Zhorov 44157 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Gov. Mead speaks about state takeover of the Pavillion water study and potential investments Mead appoints Peter Michael interim AG http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/mead-appoints-peter-michael-interim-ag <p>Gov. Matt Mead has named Peter Michael to serve as interim Wyoming Attorney General.</p><p>Michael replaces former AG Greg Phillips, who was sworn in on Monday as a judge on the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. Michael had served as deputy attorney general for Phillips.</p><p>Mead says Michael is an excellent attorney. Mead says he's confident Michael will lead the Attorney General's Office in a steady and capable manner until he can find a permanent replacement for Phillips.</p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 22:06:46 +0000 The Associated Press 44150 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Gov. Mead appoints AZ Sen. Crandall to head Wyoming Ed. Dept. http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/gov-mead-appoints-az-sen-crandall-head-wyoming-ed-dept-0 <p></p><p></p><p>NEW ED DIRECTOR - Gov. Matt Mead has selected an Arizona state senator to run the Wyoming Education Department.</p><p></p><p>Mead late Wednesday afternoon announced his choice of Richard Crandall, who co-owns two nutritional service companies.</p><p></p><p>The Education Department has a budget of about $1 billion a year and employs about 150 people.</p><p></p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 00:32:37 +0000 Associated Press 42858 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Gov. Mead appoints AZ Sen. Crandall to head Wyoming Ed. Dept. Gov. Mead says GOP Central Committee acted too quickly judging Hill bill http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/gov-mead-says-gop-central-committee-acted-too-quickly-judging-hill-bill <p>Governor Matt Mead says the Republican Central Committee acted too hastily when it approved a resolution endorsing a petition drive to repeal the state law that removed powers from State Superintendent Cindy Hill. Several members of the committee also wanted three Republican legislators who were instrumental in passing the law to leave the party. Mead says a court challenge to the law will be heard by the Supreme Court and the Wyoming Attorney General’s office is also concluding an investigation into how the Department was run in Superintendent Hill’s first two years in office. Tue, 07 May 2013 00:40:35 +0000 Bob Beck 40365 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Gov. Mead says GOP Central Committee acted too quickly judging Hill bill Mead concerned about more federal cuts http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/mead-concerned-about-more-federal-cuts <p>Wyoming is scheduled to lose 53 million dollars in federal mineral royalties this summer along with other federal dollars due to the sequester.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Governor Matt Mead says higher than expected gas prices and other earnings will allow the state to overcome that loss of revenue.&nbsp; But during a news conference with reporters, Mead said that he will be worried if these federal cuts continue.</p> Fri, 03 May 2013 22:00:25 +0000 Bob Beck 40265 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Mead concerned about more federal cuts GOP leaders endorse superintendent law repeal http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/gop-leaders-endorse-superintendent-law-repeal <p>The Wyoming Republican Party Central Committee has approved a resolution endorsing the drive to repeal the state law that took power away from the state superintendent of public instruction.</p><p></p><p>The Central Committee approved the resolution on a 40-32 vote over the weekend in Buffalo.</p><p>The action is a slap at the Republican controlled state Legislature and Republican Gov. Matt Mead who approved the law during this past legislative session.</p> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 21:37:35 +0000 The Associated Press 39044 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org GOP leaders endorse superintendent law repeal Wyoming officials say proposed AML fund cuts are dire http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-officials-say-proposed-aml-fund-cuts-are-dire <p>Top Wyoming officials say congressional action to block about $700 million in federal Abandoned Mine Land payments to the state over the next 10 years threatens to be devastating to the state budget.<br>&nbsp;<br>Gov. Matt Mead and Sen. Phil Nicholas, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee in the Wyoming Legislature, say the loss will leave the state hard-pressed to continue to pay for coal research and other programs it has covered with the AML dollars.</p> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 22:10:13 +0000 The Associated Press 30592 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming officials say proposed AML fund cuts are dire Wyoming behind schedule with energy policy http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-behind-schedule-energy-policy <p>Gov. Matt Mead says it’s taking longer than he expected to develop an energy policy for Wyoming.</p><p>Mead wanted to have a draft energy policy finished this summer, but he says it’s taking a long time to gather input from all interested parties, including conservation groups, ag groups and the energy industry. Still, he says the finished product will be worth the wait.</p><p>“Rather than being reactive and engaging in lawsuits and court battles, let’s work together to find a consensus on where we should go with energy development in the state,” the governor said.</p> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 00:29:47 +0000 Willow Belden 29263 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming behind schedule with energy policy A group of state leaders head off to China to tout Wyoming Coal http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/group-state-leaders-head-china-tout-wyoming-coal <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Wyoming Governor Matt Mead and a delegation of state officials will tout Wyoming&rsquo;s coal and abundant energy resources in China this week.&nbsp; The group is attending the 2012 International advanced Coal Technologies Conference.&nbsp; Governor Mead says this could turn out to be an important trip.</p><p>&ldquo;This is a big enough issue, that is coal and energy to Wyoming, that collectively we all need to see what others have done and see if we can take back some good ideas.&rdquo;</p> Wed, 30 May 2012 23:55:56 +0000 Bob Beck 24814 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org A group of state leaders head off to China to tout Wyoming Coal Legislative committee cuts health funding http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/legislative-committee-cuts-health-funding <p>A panel of Wyoming legislators has voted to deny Gov. Matt Mead&#39;s request to use state money to make up for expired federal stimulus funds that had gone to help support the Medicaid program.</p><p>A majority of members of the Joint Appropriations Committee voted against Mead&#39;s request to give the Health Department and extra $37 million for Medicaid today.</p><p>The committee also voted against Mead&#39;s request to put up nearly $7 million to cut waiting lists for people in the state waiting for services for developmental disabilities and acquired brain injuries.</p> Fri, 27 Jan 2012 00:57:20 +0000 The Associated Press 18748 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Legislative committee cuts health funding Gov. Mead wraps up Texas trip http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/gov-mead-wraps-texas-trip <p>Governor Matt Mead is wrapping up a trip to Texas where he&#39;s been meeting with officials of some of the nation&#39;s largest energy companies to try to drum up support for the University of Wyoming&#39;s School of Energy Resources.</p><p>Renny MacKay is spokesman for Mead in Cheyenne. MacKay says Mead and UW officials have been in Houston and Dallas since Tuesday.</p><p>MacKay says they&#39;ve been meeting with representatives from such energy firms as Exxon, Mobil and Marathon Oil Corp. He says Mead is due back in Wyoming on Wednesday afternoon.</p> Thu, 12 Jan 2012 00:38:36 +0000 The Associated Press 17955 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Mead tells postal service not to cut Wyoming post offices http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/mead-tells-postal-service-not-cut-wyoming-post-offices <p>Governor Matt Mead is once again urging the U-S Postal Service of resist cutting some of Wyoming&rsquo;s Post Offices.&nbsp; Mead says rural Post Offices are an important source of commerce and communication for rural areas and he&rsquo;s urging the Postal Service to find other ways to deal with its budget woes.</p> Thu, 24 Nov 2011 01:08:39 +0000 Bob Beck 15505 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Mead tells postal service not to cut Wyoming post offices