WPR News
5:34 am
Tue January 27, 2009

Report: stimulus package would bolster Wyoming

Laramie, Wyo. – New analysis shows President Obama's economic stimulus package could create thousands of jobs in this state.

Earlier this month, Governor Dave Freudenthal requested a billion dollars of stimulus funding for Wyoming. Then, the Wyoming Contractors Association had economists look at the impact that much federal money could have here. This analysis showed it would mean 20,000 new jobs.

Executive Vice President for the Contractors, Jonathan Downing, says that would have wide effect.

"Some of those are also going to create jobs for people who lost their jobs in other sectors who are going to have an opportunity to come and work in construction."

Downing is still cautious. He says right now Wyoming is slated to get less than a billion dollars and the state should not depend on the federal government.

"I think it's a little bit early there are states out there whose economies are suffering a lot worse than Wyoming."

Wyoming is one of a few states in the country with a budget surplus this year.