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Governor wants to minimize supplemental budget requests, reduce jargon

(Dan Cepeda, Oil City File)

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon is working on his first budget as the state’s executive.

Gordon is directing state agencies to base their budgets on a two-year cycle.

“Governor Gordon will put his personal stamp on the budget process and take a new approach as he builds his first budget in the coming months,” the governor’s office said on Thursday, June 6.

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The two-year budget cycle will run from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2022. Gordon is emphasizing that supplemental requests in excess of the initial budgets will be for emergency situations only.

“Supplemental budgets should only be for items which are emergency in nature, and requests to bring back funding for past cuts will be rejected,” the press release states.

Gordon will begin to meet with the heads of the state’s various agencies this fall to talk about their budgets ahead of the Legislature’s 2020 Budget Session, which the governor’s office said begins February 10.

“’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. ‘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.’”

Gordon is also asking that agencies make the budgets accessible to public understanding by providing budget narratives, explanations and language unencumbered with confusing agency terminology, the release adds.

“’I want to make sure all citizens can easily access and track our state’s spending and revenues.’ Governor Gordon said. ‘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.'”