Gov. Matt Mead http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Proposed Clean Water Act Change Causes Controversy http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/proposed-clean-water-act-change-causes-controversy <p>Rhetoric is heating up in Wyoming over new proposed rule from the Environmental Protection Agency. Governor Matt Mead and Senator John Barrasso both claim it will have a huge impact on Wyoming farmers, ranchers and businesses and will give the EPA jurisdiction over more water than ever before.</p><p>But Professor Mark Squillace of the University of Colorado School of Law disagrees.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:50:44 +0000 Chelsea Biondolillo 61287 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Proposed Clean Water Act Change Causes Controversy UW Gets A Big Gift From Hess Corporation http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/uw-gets-big-gift-hess-corporation <p>Hess Corporation President Greg Hill joined Gov. Matt Mead at The University of Wyoming Thursday to announce the company’s plan to donate $4.3 million more to help build UW’s new energy and engineering research complex.</p><p>Hess has now committed a total of $10 million to the university, $8.7 million of which will be matched by state funds.</p><p>The gifts support the High Bay Research Facility, which will be used for large-scale experiments and research aimed at tapping ‘unconventional reservoirs.’</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 01:17:04 +0000 Aaron Schrank 59419 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org UW Gets A Big Gift From Hess Corporation New Greenhouse Gas Regulations Target Power Plants http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/new-greenhouse-gas-regulations-target-power-plants <p>The predicted effects of&nbsp;continuing to pump carbon dioxide into the atmosphere at current rates&nbsp;range from dramatic sea level rise to extreme weather to famine and drought. Power plants are among the largest carbon dioxide emitters, and on June 2, the Obama administration is scheduled to release new rules regulating those emissions. Utilities and trade groups are already warning those rules will have some dire consequences of their own.</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 22:52:21 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 59130 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org New Greenhouse Gas Regulations Target Power Plants Mead Urges Support For Carbon Capture Innovation http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/mead-urges-support-carbon-capture-innovation <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">It’s time to stop looking at carbon as a liability and time to start figuring out ways to turn into an asset, Governor Matt Mead told attendees at the Wyoming Business Report’s Energy Summit Monday. He said carbon capture and utilization technology is not ready for prime-time, but that innovation is possible if the government and others invest in it.</span></p> Tue, 20 May 2014 05:14:27 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 58542 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Mead Urges Support For Carbon Capture Innovation Commissioners Appoint New Oil And Gas Supervisor http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/commissioners-appoint-new-oil-and-gas-supervisor <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has a new permanent supervisor. Mark Watson received a unanimous vote from the commissioners.</span></p> Tue, 13 May 2014 19:16:53 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 58223 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Commissioners Appoint New Oil And Gas Supervisor Hill Announces Intention To Resume Superintendent Duties http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/hill-announces-intention-resume-superintendent-duties <p>Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill says she intends to resume her job leading the state department of education on Monday.</p><p></p><p>Lawmakers stripped Hill of many of her duties last year and removed her as the head of the department, but the Wyoming Supreme Court ruled that the move was unconstitutional. A District Court still must certify the ruling, but&nbsp;Hill told reporters today she’s ready to go back to work.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 19:10:56 +0000 Willow Belden & Bob Beck 54940 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Hill Announces Intention To Resume Superintendent Duties Halliburton Donates $3M To University Of Wyoming http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/halliburton-donates-3m-university-wyoming <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The University of Wyoming is getting a major donation for its new energy and engineering research complex.&nbsp; Halliburton is giving $2 million to be applied&nbsp;towards a 'high bay' research facility.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 00:45:00 +0000 Bob Beck 54866 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Halliburton Donates $3M To University Of Wyoming A personal conversation with Wyoming Governor Matt Mead http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/personal-conversation-wyoming-governor-matt-mead <p>Governor Matt Mead talks about his Jackson roots, family influences as the grandson of&nbsp; Senator Cliff Hansen and life in the governors mansion. His conversation is light-hearted as he talks about his Mom and her run for governor in 1990, how he met his wife, Carol and raising their two children.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 22:42:21 +0000 Emy DiGrappa 53658 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org A personal conversation with Wyoming Governor Matt Mead Mead Says Wyoming In Good Shape http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/mead-says-wyoming-good-shape <p>Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead says he believes the state is in good shape going into the legislative budget session that starts next week.</p><p></p><p>Mead's State of the State address will kick off the legislative session that starts Monday in Cheyenne. Lawmakers have set aside four weeks to craft a budget for the two-year funding period that starts July 1.</p><p>Mead told The Associated Press today that he's generally satisfied with the Legislature's Joint Appropriations Committee's recommendations on his budget proposals.</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 00:24:03 +0000 The Associated Press 53545 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Mead Says Wyoming In Good Shape Mead Says Wyoming's Energy Future Must Balance Economy And Environment http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/mead-says-wyomings-energy-future-must-balance-economy-and-environment <p>Governor Matt Mead and other elected officials made the case during a Jackson forum Wednesday that Wyoming's future depends on energy. They said that tapping state's energy resources, from coal to natural gas, is what pays the bills when it comes to building schools and other vital infrastructure.<br /><br />But the governor said that doesn't mean producing energy should come at the cost of the environment. And that impressed Paul Hansen, who moderated<br />the forum.<br /> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 14:47:11 +0000 Rebecca Huntington 53297 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Mead Says Wyoming's Energy Future Must Balance Economy And Environment Mead praises pick for UW president http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/mead-praises-pick-uw-president <p>Gov. Matt Mead says he thinks Dick McGinity will be a good president for the University of Wyoming.</p><p></p><p>McGinity had been serving as interim president, after Bob Sternberg resigned last year. Last week, the UW Board of Trustees decided to appoint him as the new president, without conducting a search.</p><p>Speaking to the Wyoming Press Association on Friday, Mead said McGinity is a good pick.</p><p>“He and I served together on the Wyoming Business Council,” Mead said. "I think he is a stellar guy. … He is humble; he is smart; he is going to provide great direction to UW.”</p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 14:07:52 +0000 Willow Belden 52832 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Mead praises pick for UW president 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 Tribes concerned over state response to EPA's reservation boundary ruling http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/tribes-concerned-over-state-response-epas-reservation-boundary-ruling <p>Agreement&nbsp;over the boundaries of the Wind River Indian Reservation&nbsp;seems to be a long way off between the state’s tribes and Governor Matt Mead.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 15:01:43 +0000 Melodie Edwards 52238 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Tribes concerned over state response to EPA's reservation boundary ruling Gov. Mead says he doesn't have a good plan B in lieu of Medicaid expansion http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/gov-mead-says-he-doesnt-have-good-plan-b-lieu-medicaid-expansion <p>Wyoming Democratic Party leaders have criticized Governor Matt Mead for opposing a full Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. There are over 17,000 low-income adults in the state and State Democratic Party Chairman Pete Gosar says it's not right to oppose the expansion, since Mead isn’t proposing another option.</p><p>At a press conference last week, Mead said that on that count, Gosar is right.</p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 16:29:04 +0000 Irina Zhorov 51870 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Gov. Mead says he doesn't have a good plan B in lieu of Medicaid expansion Highway fatalities down for the year, so far http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/highway-fatalities-down-year-so-far <p>Governor Matt Mead says the number of highway fatalities has been decreasing.&nbsp;</p><p>"Wyoming began tracking highway fatalities in 1967 and if we finish the year up well we will have had 82 highway fatalities, which will be the lowest number since 1967," Mead said.</p><p>At this time last year, there were already 112 fatalities.</p><p>However, Mead warned that the holiday season tends to be the deadliest in Wyoming and drivers can expect a lot of enforcement out on the roads to help keep that number from growing.</p> Wed, 25 Dec 2013 01:43:09 +0000 Irina Zhorov 51782 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Highway fatalities down for the year, so far Mead: Wyoming businesses doing well http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/mead-wyoming-businesses-doing-well <p>Governor Matt Mead says Wyoming is seeing growth and success among businesses in the state.</p><p></p><p>During the governor’s business forum in Cheyenne he noted that Wyoming ranks high in a number of pro-business categories and that leads to growth in a variety of business sectors.&nbsp; He says it will only get better.</p><p>“We have a great future ahead of us,” Mead said.&nbsp;“And it is not because we do everything right every day, it is because a common commitment and love for Wyoming and a care for the citizens and families in Wyoming to do everything as well as possible.”</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 00:51:40 +0000 Bob Beck 50159 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Mead: Wyoming businesses doing well Gov. Mead says WY coal exports still a good idea http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/gov-mead-says-wy-coal-exports-still-good-idea <p><span lang="en-US"><font face="Calibri,sans-serif" size="2"><span style="font-size:11pt;">Governor Matt Mead says there’s no question that Taiwan and South Korea want Wyoming <span class="highlight" id="0.5737586436959422" name="searchHitInReadingPane">coal</span>. Mead just returned from a trip to those countries where he met with government leaders, trona industry representatives, and attended events promoting tourism in Wyoming. Thu, 24 Oct 2013 23:04:07 +0000 Irina Zhorov 48895 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Gov. Mead says WY coal exports still a good idea WY general fund does well in 2013, CREG report says http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wy-general-fund-does-well-2013-creg-report-says <p>Fiscal Year 2013 has been a good year for Wyoming economically. The <a href="http://eadiv.state.wy.us/creg/GreenCREG_Oct13.pdf">Consensus Revenue Estimating Group, or CREG, report</a> says the state’s general fund exceeded 2013 projections by $333 million.</p><p>Governor Matt Mead says much of that comes from investments. Mead cautions that revenues from coal and natural gas are lackluster, but says oil did better than expected.</p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 18:13:12 +0000 Irina Zhorov 48808 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org WY general fund does well in 2013, CREG report says Governor still mulling Medicaid expansion http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/governor-still-mulling-medicaid-expansion <p></p><p></p><p>Recently the Wyoming Department of Health submitted a revised plan on how the state could expand Medicaid Services to more people.&nbsp;</p><p>It would require some of the new participants to pay into the system, much like they would do if they owned insurance.&nbsp; They’d do this on a sliding fee scale depending on their income.&nbsp; While he is still nervous about the federal government’s financial commitment to the effort, Governor Matt Mead says that the program could provide more health care to more people and also save the state money.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 23:58:05 +0000 Bob Beck 46417 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Governor still mulling Medicaid expansion Mead is still considering Education Director candidates http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/mead-still-considering-education-director-candidates <p>Wyoming Governor Matt Mead says he is still weighing the attributes of the three finalists for the state’s new Education Director.&nbsp; The Director would run the State Department of Education.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Mead has interviewed all three, but says he wants more time to consider them.</p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 22:44:28 +0000 Bob Beck 41990 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Mead is still considering Education Director candidates Gov. Mead releases WY energy policy http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/gov-mead-releases-wy-energy-policy <p>Governor Matt Mead and his policy director, Shawn Reese, released an energy policy for Wyoming at a press conference today. The policy contains 47 initiatives broken down into categories including economic competitiveness and expansion, regulation, conservation, and education. Reese said there were a number of hallmark initiatives.</p> Mon, 13 May 2013 22:54:34 +0000 Irina Zhorov 40721 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Gov. Mead releases WY energy policy 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 Casper to host 10th annual Methamphetamine Conference http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/casper-host-10th-annual-methamphetamine-conference <p></p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 12:17:33 +0000 Chelsea Biondolillo 39657 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Casper to host 10th annual Methamphetamine Conference Governor signs lottery bill http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/governor-signs-lottery-bill <p>Wyoming Governor Matt Mead has signed a lottery bill into law.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The Governor’s approval means that Wyoming can either form its own state lottery or enter into a multi-state lottery on July first.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 23:49:35 +0000 Bob Beck 37953 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Governor signs lottery bill Governor ponders sequestration help http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/governor-ponders-sequestration-help <p>Mayors from communities surrounding Yellowstone National Park are asking the state of Wyoming to help pay for snow removal to help Yellowstone open its roads on time.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Yellowstone officials say the snow removal has been delayed due to the federal sequestration.&nbsp; But Governor Matt Mead says he has reservations about using state dollars to pay for federal obligations.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 01:59:09 +0000 Bob Beck 37696 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Governor ponders sequestration help Adventure Race expected to draw tourists to Wyoming http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/adventure-race-expected-draw-tourists-wyoming <p></p> Sat, 02 Mar 2013 01:03:29 +0000 Luke Hammons 37424 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Adventure Race expected to draw tourists to Wyoming Gov. Mead wraps up 2013 Legislature http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/gov-mead-wraps-2013-legislature <p></p><p></p><p>The Wyoming Legislative session has ended.&nbsp; In his closing comments to lawmakers, Governor Matt Mead acknowledged that lawmakers had a difficult</p><p>“I asked in my state of the state for 6 percent budget cuts and you delivered that,” Mead said.&nbsp;“I asked in my state of the state to provide some flexibility in terms of where we go in the future in large projects.&nbsp; You provided that.&nbsp; I asked for in my budget to fund landfills, a Gillette-Madison water project, the School of Engineering.&nbsp; You addressed all of those.”</p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 00:19:08 +0000 Bob Beck 37301 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Gov. Mead wraps up 2013 Legislature Governor vetoes portions of the budget bill http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/governor-vetoes-portions-budget-bill <p>Wyoming Governor Matt Mead has line item vetoed three areas of the state supplemental budget.&nbsp; The governor vetoed a section that involved the management of surplus state money and he vetoed a section that required state agencies to consider more budget cuts.&nbsp; Mead says it doesn’t make sense for agencies to re-do that exercise, especially since it’s possible that the state may get more revenue.</p> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 01:16:59 +0000 Bob Beck 37014 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Governor vetoes portions of the budget bill Enviro groups sue over wolf delisting http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/enviro-groups-sue-over-wolf-delisting <p>A consortium of environmental groups are suing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for removing Wyoming wolves from the Endangered Species List.</p><p>Now that federal protections have ended, Wyoming controls wolf management. The state’s plan allows the animals to be shot on sight throughout most of the state. In northwest Wyoming, there’s a limited hunting season, and the animals are protected for the rest of the year.</p><p>But Andrew Wetzler with the Natural Resources Defense Council says those protections won’t maintain a viable wolf population.</p> Wed, 14 Nov 2012 01:57:33 +0000 Willow Belden 32773 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Enviro groups sue over wolf delisting Mead says budget cuts will help cover costs of emergencies http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/mead-says-budget-cuts-will-help-cover-costs-emergencies <p>One reason why the Governor is going ahead with budget cuts is because he wants to make sure the state has enough money to pay for emergencies.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>For example, the state will likely spend 50-million dollars to pay for 2012 forest fires.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Governor Matt Mead said that weather forecast show that there is a good chance that the state will face a similar fire season next year.</p> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 23:53:38 +0000 Bob Beck 32722 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Mead says budget cuts will help cover costs of emergencies