Mead Signs Education Funding Bill
Written by Andrew-Rossi on March 28, 2018
After an extended legislative budget session, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead has signed a K-12 education funding bill into law.
The measure was the last outstanding bill from the Wyoming Legislature’s 2018 budget session that ended March 15. The governor signed it yesterday.
Senator Hank Coe of Cody said that the bill did include a reduction in school budgets, but it wasn’t a significant decrease.
Coe adds that the Senate’s position at the end of the extended budget session was that more cuts could have been made to attempt to correct the state’s daunting financial shortfall, and various proposals to increase taxes were quickly defeated by lawmakers.
Education funding was the biggest sticking point in the legislative session because of recent declines in state revenues. The Senate and House struggled with how much to spend on schools now and how to fund them going forward.
From a local perspective, Coe says the new budget will call for a reduction of $113,000 for Park County School District 6 in Cody.