Wyoming Governor Matt Mead says a dip in energy revenues will require the state to cut up to 200 million dollars from its existing budget.
The governor has instituted a hiring freeze and will be looking to every agency to return unspent money. Mead would like to avoid layoffs.
“I do not think that this is an area I will be looking at. I think we can get roughly 18 million dollars by not filling vacant positions and with a hiring freeze.”
Mead said citizens will accept some reduction in services, but added that the state will likely need to dip into savings.