By Bob Beck
Cheyenne, Wy – Governor Dave Freudenthal has announced over 230 million dollars in total budget cuts for the coming fiscal year. Among the cuts is a 43 million dollar reduction in the Department of Health, 18 million dollars from the University of Wyoming, 18 million to school construction and 17 million in statewide capitol construction. "I'm not here to suggest that these cuts won't have consequences or that they aren't gonna be painful. We have become accustomed to a high level of funding and we are now having to retrench a bit from that."
In the health department budget most of the cuts came from the Medicaid budget and in the reimbursement rates health care providers receive from the state. Freudenthal will present his recommendations to the legislatures Joint Appropriations Committee later this month.