The federal pot of money that’s supposed to keep local roads and bridges intact may soon be empty, yet lawmakers on Capitol Hill are miles apart from each other. It remains unclear if they’ll be able to bridge the gulf. Matt Laslo reports from Washington on how the Wyoming delegation is weighing in on the debate that’s sucking the air out of Washington this summer.
The Wyoming Department of Transportation may be one of the state agencies that benefits from the better than expected earnings Wyoming brought in this fiscal year. The state’s general fund is about $333 million over what the Consensus Revenue Estimating Group, or CREG, predicted.
Governor Matt Mead says he’s gone through WYDOT’s budget once, but may review it again.
Wyoming’s highways rank third in the nation in performance and efficiency. That’s according to an annual highway report by the Reason Foundation, a non-profit think tank that studies public policy. Author David Hartgen says Wyoming gets a lot less money than other states, but spends it well.
The Wyoming Department of Transportation would lose money for airports, under the governor’s proposed eight-percent budget cuts.
WYDOT Budget Officer Kevin Hibbard says they would have to cut funding for airport improvements and airline service.
“There would probably be a reduction in some commercial air service in local Wyoming communities,” Hibbard said. “And also I think that a backlog of projects would take place for the airport improvements.”