Mead calls for cuts in Wyo budget, hike in fuel tax

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) _ Gov. Matt Mead has wrapped up his annual State of the State address to lawmakers in Cheyenne.

Mead emphasized that Wyoming's in a strong position, particularly compared to most other states.

Wyoming has billions in savings and revenues from energy production that remains strong.

However, Mead told lawmakers that they must contain state spending in the face
of warnings from state financial analysts that energy revenues are likely to
stay flat for years to come.

Mead is proposing 6.5-percent budget cuts for state agencies, not counting one-time project funding. The cuts amount to more than $60 million over the coming year out of the $3.2-billion state funds budget the Legislature approved early last year.

Mead also urged lawmakers to approve a 10 cent hike in the state fuel tax to helppay for road construction. The increase would raise another $71 million for roads.

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