Governor vetoes portions of the budget bill

Feb 21, 2013

Wyoming Governor Matt Mead has line item vetoed three areas of the state supplemental budget.  The governor vetoed a section that involved the management of surplus state money and he vetoed a section that required state agencies to consider more budget cuts.  Mead says it doesn’t make sense for agencies to re-do that exercise, especially since it’s possible that the state may get more revenue.

“I remind everyone that they asked for four percent cuts last year and I had the agencies prepare eight percent cuts.  So I think I’ve got a track record of making sure that we be fiscally conservative.  But I don’t think it’s an easy process to make the agencies just prepare cuts,” says Mead.

The Governor also vetoed a section limiting spending on forest fires.  Lawmakers could decide to attempt to override the vetoes.