Governor Gordon Delivers 2023 State of the State Address to Wyoming Legislature
Written by Andrew-Rossi on January 11, 2023
Governor Mark Gordon spoke about energy, education, and the special qualities of Wyomingites in the first State of the State Address of his second term in office.
Governor Mark Gordon delivered his 2023 State of the State Address to the 67th Legislature On Wednesday, Jan. 11.. In his speech, the governor highlighted multiple fronts where Wyoming is leading and further opportunities to lead the nation through innovation.
Reflecting on the current financial position of the state Governor Gordon noted, “Wyoming finds herself at a remarkable juncture. Federal government largess and energy markets have given Wyoming a financial bumper crop. Yet, Wyoming is strong, and her future is bright. Together, we have an opportunity to make her even stronger for our people and for the generations to come.”
Governor Gordon’s proposed supplemental budget proposal outlined an approach to save funds, address inflation, and make strategic investments for the future.
One of those areas is related to energy. Wyoming understands that energy and our legacy industries are vital to the nation. However, the Governor noted that it is also no secret that those same industries have faced ongoing attempts out of Washington, DC, to shutter these critical resources.
“The Biden Administration’s misguided policies drove inflation to levels not seen in forty years. This winter, there are families in America–the richest and most advanced country in the world–living under the very real threat of freezing in the dark,” stated Governor Gordon. “Our economy, way of life, and national security demand all the energy Wyoming can produce. Instead of giving first bumps to OPEC leaders, the Biden Administration should be extending a handshake to Wyoming energy producers.”
The Governor called for support for increasing funding to the Energy Matching Fund, which is meant to spur innovation and transformative projects. Governor Gordon praised the efforts of state and private partners.
“Wyoming is becoming recognized for being forward-thinking on climate and energy. When I talk to people in Washington, DC, I proudly point to what we have done to establish Wyoming’s energy and environmental leadership. Our expertise in resource management, advanced carbon innovation, energy security, value-added agriculture, and fiscal prudence makes us a leader in all these areas.”
Governor Gordon recognizes that to keep Wyoming competitive in a rapidly changing economy means we need to be unified. Ensuring our youth receive a world-class education is critical to preparing our children for the Twenty-First job market.
Emphasizing this, Governor Gordon said, “Now is a critical time for education. We must be bold and take action. If you are as passionate about retaining our youth and home-grown talent as I am, then you must be open to new educational opportunities.” The priority recommendations delivered to the Governor are available for the public to review.
Speaking about the resiliency of Wyoming’s people, Governor Gordon said, “There is something about Wyoming people and our western culture that is simply extraordinary. We are a people with grit, courage, and kindness in our souls.”
The Governor concluded by invoking the words of George Washington in calling for Wyoming’s people to come together to move the state forward, saying, “While we should speak our mind, we should also have a servant’s heart. So that we can each do our share in making this special place we call home to thrive long into the future.”
The full text of the Governor’s 2023 State of the State address can be found here.