Governor tells JAC that cautious spending does not mean no spending

Cheyenne, Wy – While he is concerned that the national economy will drastically impact Wyoming's economy, Governor Dave Freudenthal says the state still has some things to do. Freudenthal told the Joint Appropriations Committee that he may revise some of his requests when new revenue projections come out in January and he admits the state cannot spend like it has in the past. But he stresses that they need to be flexible with their spending. Freudenthal told the JAC that they can meet all their obligations from the budget they passed earlier this year and still spend money on projects from roads to the new prison. He says he favors a variety of building projects across Wyoming, because they will improve the state. Senate committee chairman Phil Nicholas of Laramie says they will have to be especially cautious this year, and may need to save for the future.