An end-of-the-year use-it-or-lose-it deadline looms as the state has spent little more than 10% of its allocated federal funding.
Facing revenue losses some put at $600 million a year, governor and lawmakers discuss state agency budget cuts of 20-30%.
Over 30-plus hours of live-streamed videoconferencing this weekend, the Wyoming Legislature passed three bills allocating funds and released $465 million to Gordon.
Despite opponents’ protests that the public had no chance for input, the Senate advanced a bill to grant business owners immunity from civil lawsuits by someone who contracted COVID-19 in the business.
An internal memo to the Legislature from its fiscal analysts anticipates $555 million to $2.8 billion in lost revenues from COVID-19 and an oil price war. “Armageddon,” in the words of one lawmaker.