The contract with Barclays emerged this week as lawmakers began to question Gov. Mark Gordon’s process to pursue the massive land purchase.
Gordon’s administration is preparing a July 1 bid to Occidental Petroleum for 1 million acres of land and 4 million mineral acres, using a process that won’t require legislative approval.
As the state scrambled to respond to the pandemic, food banks, housing assistance and other nonprofits filled in the gaps. Then, the Wyoming Business Council excluded them from federal relief money programs.
“Agencies have been instructed to cut as much as they can between now and June 30,” Gordon’s budget chief said.
Facing revenue losses some put at $600 million a year, governor and lawmakers discuss state agency budget cuts of 20-30%.