Senate considers new account for school construction

Cheyenne, Wyo. – Because of the economy and the expectation that Wyoming will get less money from energy development, the legislature is trying to be proactive.

The Senate is working on a bill that will shift money from a permanent savings account into another account to ensure Wyoming can keep building schools.

Wyoming is required to build and maintain schools with state funds, but recent revenue forecasts suggest there could be a shortfall in the money to meet those needs. Senator Mike Massie told senators they need to plan for the future.

Meanwhile, Senator Charlie Scott of Casper said that residents of the areas where schools are built, should foot more of the bill. However, the Wyoming Supreme court has told the state that they must pay for the schools.