Wyoming Governor Matt Mead

Next year, state officials will visit every school building in the state to determine what safety and security upgrades need to be made. It’s part of a school safety initiative pushed by the Governor and Legislature in the wake of high-profile school shootings in other parts of the country.

The assessments will be conducted by the School Facilities Department—the state agency responsible for school construction in Wyoming. The Department’s Director, Bill Panos says the school visits will take place between January and June of 2015.

Mead Wins GOP Primary

Aug 20, 2014

Wyoming Governor Matt Mead overcame strong challenges from Superintendent Cindy Hill and Doctor Taylor Haynes to win the Republican primary. 

Mead won the race despite upsetting the Republican base over his support of legislation that removed State Superintendent Cindy Hill as the supervisor of the Department of Education. Mead says it helped to be able to travel the state and meet with people.

To have a chance in small groups, one and one, and some large groups, take questions and have people hear firsthand from me. I thought that was extremely helpful.”

Mead Meets With Taiwan Representatives

Apr 17, 2014

Governor Matt Mead met with Taiwanese officials Thursday in an effort to enhance Wyoming’s foreign trade.  The meeting was in Cheyenne.

He says Taiwan is very interested in Wyoming Coal and Mead is hoping that they can reach other trade agreements as well.    

"We want the opportunity to reach out to great trading partners and friends who can help us as we help them with these trade relationships.  And so it’s a great way for us to continue to build our economy."

The governor traveled to Taiwan last year.

Democrats push for Medicaid expansion

Dec 9, 2013

Two Democratic members of the legislature’s Joint Appropriations Committee criticized Governor Mead’s decision not to expand Medicaid Services. 

At today’s/Monday’s meeting, Senator John Hastert said Mead’s dislike of the Affordable Care Act has nothing to do with expanding Medicaid and helping Wyoming’s poor get insurance. 

Representative Ken Esquibel noted that despite concerns with the A-C-A, other states are having great success with Medicaid expansion.  He urged Mead to keep an open mind and review those successes.

Last week, Wyoming Governor Matt Mead released his proposed budget and he will present that budget to the legislature’s Joint Appropriations Committee on Monday.  The budget features some cuts and a couple of policy decisions.  The Governor joins us now.