Bob Beck

The Wyoming legislative session is underway and 24 new legislators enjoyed their first week in office. With such high turnover it wouldn’t be a surprise if some veteran lawmakers weren’t just a bit leery having so many freshmen joining the ranks, but House Majority Leader David Miller said it’s a good time for new ideas.

The Wyoming Department of Health is facing budget cuts of five percent, following the denial of two budget items by the legislature’s Joint Appropriations Committee last month.  The department asked the J-A-C to replace 48 million dollars that was lost after federal budget money ran out. 

The funding was for mandatory Medicaid and mandatory emergency health detention costs. 

With the denial, Department of Health Director Tom Forslund says his office is looking at some major cuts.