Mead to deliver State of the State address today

Jan 9, 2013

Gov. Matt Mead is set to deliver his annual State of the State address to lawmakers in Cheyenne on this morning.

Mead is presiding over Wyoming at a time of transition. State financial analysts warn state energy revenues are likely to stay flat for years to come.

Mead is proposing 6.5-percent budget cuts for state agencies, not counting one-time project funding. The cuts amount to more than $60 million over the coming year.

Mead is also likely to call on lawmakers to reject the federal government's offer of $50 million to expand the Medicaid program, a key element of the federal Affordable Care Act. Mead has said he doesn't trust federal promises to continue the extra funding.