Governor Mead Responds to Proposed UW Budget Cuts
At a press conference on Wednesday, Governor Mead expressed concerns over the University of Wyoming's proposed budget cuts and the vast number of potential layoffs.
Mead has said from the start that he does not want to begin with layoffs to reach the eight percent cuts requested. He says he would rather look at eliminating vacant positions first and go from there.
Current natural gas prices are at $2.50 per thousand cubic feet, and the budget has been built up around prices at $3.25. The eight percent cuts requested from agencies would help make up $75 million lost.
However, the Governor says no matter where the cuts come from, it will not be easy. "Every agency, including the University of Wyoming, have a very difficult task in making those cuts," said Mead. "There is nowhere will other cuts will be made, or it is not noticed."
All agencies were required to have their proposed cuts to Governor Mead by Wednesday. He says he hopes to review the proposals and have them to legislative committees for review by the end of June.