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Wyoming Governor: $250M in Initial State Cuts, More Coming

Wyoming Governor: $250M in Initial State Cuts, More Coming

Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon says he has finalized initial state spending cuts of $250 million as part of efforts to address an over $1 billion budget shortfall. The shortfall is due to the coronavirus and downturns in the coal, oil and natural gas industries.

The cuts announced Wednesday are 10% of the state budget and follow a freeze on state hiring and large contracts announced in April. The cuts will be followed by an additional 10% reduction totaling another $250 million.

State Budget Director Kevin Hibbard says the cuts will result in 274 mostly full-time state jobs eliminated this year.

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