By Bob Beck
Laramie, WY – Because of a state accounting change, it looks as if the state revenue forecast is much better then expected. But the chairman of the Wyoming Senate Appropriations committee disagrees. Laramie Senator Phil Nicholas says if the legislature does not make cuts this summer lawmakers will have to cut over 850 million dollars from the next biennial budget.
"Unless we do something right now to curb our spending, then that entire deficit will have to come out of our discretionary spending. And that is things like cities, towns and counties, community colleges, UW and highways, things like that."
Nicholas says that is why it is important to make adjustments to the budget this summer which will more fairly spread out budget cuts. The Governor will soon announce what he wants to do. The appropriations committee will look at those cuts in June.