Cheyenne, WY – One concern of legislators is that money for education might be declining. Schools are generally paid for from money acquired through coal lease sales. Oil and Gas revenues also flow into the school foundation program, which pays for education. But all that revenue is expected to decline a lot in the near future. Senator Phil Nicholas, who co-chairs the legislature's appropriations committee says this could take general fund money away from other state needs.
That is why Nicholas is hoping to set aside some of the states current 500 million dollar surplus, to help ease the burden on state government funding.