WPR News
2:26 pm
Thu March 4, 2004

Budget Standoff Continues

Cheyenne, WY – Despite some new proposals, negotiators on the state budget bill still have not reached agreement and the holdup is still over funding to local government. After Senators rejected a proposal to put $60 million into local governments, Senators verbally opposed a reduced proposal from the House because it takes too much from the states main bank account, the general fund. Senator John Schiffer asked that $9 Million of the $50 million dollar proposal come from the business ready communities program. But that was rejected by house chairman Phil Nicholas. House floor Leader Randall Luthi remains confident that an agreement can be reached, but he sees the holdup as a difference of opinion of how much money will come from the general fund and go into local government. Senator Rae Lynn Job continues to question where the house came up with the amount of money they claim local government needs.