Laramie, Wy – Preliminary overall student enrollment for spring 2009 at the University of Wyoming increased by 152 students from spring 2008. There are 11,822 students currently enrolled for spring classes at UW. Vice President for Student Affairs Sarah Axelson said that she expects that number to increase to roughly 13,000 by the end of the semester when all outreach enrollments are tallied and added. Enrollment at UW has steadily increased over the past three years.
Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming House has defeated a bill that would have exempted some landfills from being built with liners. Local Governments are in the midst of developing long range landfill plans and supporters of the bill say that exempting liners would save money. But Cheyenne Democrat Mary Throne found several problems with the bill. She says the problem with exempting liners is simple: anything that people put into those landfills will migrate toward groundwater.
Cheyenne, WY – Governor Dave Freudenthal will take action on the state budget Thursday. The governor says early on in the session he worried about the amount of spending lawmakers were considering, but he says now he is mostly satisfied with the budget they passed. Freudenthal does continue to be concerned about state revenues that are only a third of where they were forecast. He plans on considering budget cuts July first, if the revenue picture does not turn around.
Cheyenne, WY – Education funding could come under the microscope next year. With the state facing a possible downturn in revenue, some wonder if cuts should be made to education. But Senator Hank Coe of Cody predicts that won't happen. Coe says the state will not drop its commitment to improve elementary education. He says the community colleges and University of Wyoming may have to face budget cuts, due to declining revenues. But he predicts that will just be in the short term.