By Bob Beck
Laramie, Wyo – Governor Dave Freudenthal is wrapping up work on his supplemental budget. The budget goes to the legislature's appropriations committee in December and may be amended by governor elect Matt Mead when he takes office. Freudenthal says the state will have a rainy day account of over a billion dollars and more money in the state's general fund than anticipated last year. For that reason, Freudenthal would like to return some money to local governments and highways.
"When local governments and highway construction fell under the budget axe, we promised when money was available we would restore that funding. So lets move forward and honor that commitment."
The governor is also proposing more money for the state Medicaid program and wants to use federal abandoned mine land funds for some projects at the University of Wyoming.