Cheyenne, WY – With few exceptions, state officials say they still aren't sure how much money Wyoming will get from the federal stimulus package.
Lynn Boomgarden is overseeing the state's effort to study the package. She says Wyoming appears to be eligible for $502 million, but that number may be revised downward. The state may choose to reject some funds, and it will have to apply for others. Boomgarden said it will be two to three weeks before detailed information is available.
Laramie, WY – More and more communities across Wyoming are applying for grants to start their own child care facilities. These are most often public-private partnerships with funding from cities and counties, as well as the Wyoming Business Council.
Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming House gave initial approval to a bill that adds more money to education Monday. Lingle Republican Matt Teeters strongly objects to spending more money at a time when the state has a dicey financial future. Teeters tried to remove a lot of the supplemental money and then went on to oppose the bill. But, Lander Republican Del McComie fought against Teeter's efforts saying supporters of the funding are trying to improve services for those in need. The House will debate the bill two more times.
Cheyenne, WY – A Wyoming Senate Committee has killed a bill that was intending to bring about a comprehensive change in state Driving Under the Influence Laws. Senator Tony Ross of Cheyenne says the main reason was that the bill did not fit with another drunk driving bill that the Senate strongly endorsed. Ross says such legislation is important and so they will need to try again.
Cheyenne, WY – After extensive discussion, a Wyoming House committee has recommended passage of a pilot health care program. The $2 million plan would provide health care to low-income people, and includes preventive care, state funded health care accounts and high deductible insurance. Department of Health Director Brent Sherard says it should also give state health officials some information to build on.
Cheyenne, WY – The state Senate is moving forward on a bill that changes how people get medical advice. Called telemedicine it allows people can be in one location and get help from a doctor who might be somewhere else in the state. Senator Charles Scott says it is a concept the state has been working on for some time and it is a key component of health care reform. The Senate will debate the bill two more times.