Gov. Mark Gordon plans on taking a new approach to the state’s two-year budget. In a letter sent to state agencies last week, Gordon instructed them to budget for the full two years, July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2022. Supplemental budgets should only address emergency items.
“I have asked each agency to look broadly and deeply when considering what they require to better serve the people of Wyoming,” Governor Gordon said in a June 6 press release. “With a tight revenue stream, not all needs will be funded. I have also asked agency heads to look for efficiencies to minimize the impact should cuts need to be taken, but my aim is to truly make this a two-year budget as our constitution calls for.”
He added that requests to bring back funding for past cuts will be rejected.
Another new addition will be a summary for each individual agency to make the budget easier for the public to understand. Gordon expects the “State of the Agency” to include a department overview, as well as budget explanations that contain less jargon.
“I want to make sure all citizens can easily access and track our state’s spending and revenues,” Gordon said in the release. “This is a step towards that, as is a new website that we will roll out in November with my budget. We want to make it easy for the public to find information about my proposal and follow along as the Legislature reviews the budget in 2020 and ultimately votes on it.”
The governor reviews each agency’s budget request with their department heads early this fall ahead of the 2020 Budget Session which begins Feb. 10, 2020.