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Mon April 22, 2013
Mead says agencies may not need to make budget cuts
Gov. Matt Mead says it appears likely that state agencies won't face more spending cuts in the two-year budget cycle that begins next year.
Mead says he's informed state lawmakers that state agencies won't honor lawmakers' request to present proposed spending cuts of up to 6 percent at legislative committee hearings this summer.
Most state agencies saw budget cuts averaging 6.5 percent in the supplemental budget that state government approved early this year. Mead says state revenues are improving and that more cuts probably won't be necessary.
House Speaker Tom Lubnau, a Gillette Republican, says that he and Senate President Tony Ross have instructed legislative committee leaders not to consider state agency budgets until the current fiscal year ends this summer.