House and Senate Tackle Wildlife, Permanent Fund Budget Numbers

Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming House and Senate have a couple of issues to resolve as they try and wrap up budget work this week. A conference committee of Senators and Representatives are debating a number spending differences in their versions of the budget. The disparities cover the amount of money that should go to the wildlife trust fund to how the state should save money. House Appropriations Chairman Frank Philp says the house wants to put a set amount of money into the states permanent bank account right away. Senators fear that if they put too much money into the Permanent Mineral Trust fund before 2008 that they state could face a budget shortfall if natural gas prices fall. Other items expected to generate debate include: salary money for state employees and whether to put more money into an account for retirees' health insurance. However neither side expects much of a stalemate.