Wyoming – In other states, legislatures are making massive budget reductions in response to the spiraling economy. In December, Wyoming officials were slightly concerned, and revenue forecasters were conservative with their revenue estimates. Now, two months later, forecasters say the numbers are worse than they ever imagined. Some officials are starting to come to grips with the fact that there might actually be budget cuts in Wyoming this year. Bob Beck reports.
Wyoming – Wyoming's energy towns are some of the first to feel the effects of the downturn. In Rock Springs, low oil and gas prices are affecting everyone from roughnecks to restaurant owners. Addie Goss reports that some people say it's about time the economy slowed down but others are bracing for impact.
Wyoming – Wyoming food stamp numbers have been growing for years. Now that state economic forecasters predict a downturn, the numbers might get worse. Bob Beck talked to Heather Babbitt, who oversees economic issues for the state Department of Family Services.
Wyoming – Wyoming Public Radio's Addie Goss talks to Stig Hallingbye, regional president for American National Bank of Wyoming. He says most Wyoming banks are still strong, but borrowing is getting harder.
Wyoming – Agriculture makes up a small percentage of the overall economy in Wyoming, but some communities still depend on ranching and farming. Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay went out to see how ranchers are faring, and he found there's plenty we can learn from the agriculture community.
Cheyenne, WY – A bill that increases funding for school enrichment passed the Wyoming House. Several lawmakers objected to adding more education dollars at a time when the state might be facing a financial downturn. That's why Worland Democrat Debbie Hammons amended the bill to reduce some of the funding. She still believes it sends a positive message to school districts.
Hammons says it means that school districts will have to focus their money towards where it is truly needed.