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Joint Appropriations Committe begins 2023-2024 budget hearings

Published: Dec. 7, 2021 at 6:12 PM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Joint Appropriations Committee is meeting for their second day of budget hearings. They are working to create a 2023-2024 budget that will be presented to the legislature in February.

They are hearing presentations from around the state and working to determine budget allocations.

“This year, they’re very lean budgets because of what we went through with the supplemental budget process a year ago... So, what we’re seeing now is pretty bare-bones, pretty much what we knew from that supplemental budget,” said Teton County Representative Andy Schwartz.

Exemption requests can be placed for one-time funding that may not be in the standard budget. The bulk of the meeting will be spent reviewing exemption requests. At this time, decisions will not be made relating to the requests.

The JAC will be meeting again Dec. 13-17 to continue hearing presentations from agencies.

“So far it’s going fairly smoothly because there are so few changes,” said Schwartz.

When the budget bill is created and goes to a vote, it faces a different approval process.

“The budget bill is different than any other bill this session in that any other bill when it’s introduced requires a two-thirds vote, and the budget bill does not. It just needs a majority vote,” said Schwartz.

Representative Schwartz encourages the public to reach out to their representatives about agencies and programs that matter to them.

“If you have programs that historically you have been involved with, that you think are important, that may have been cut some, then you need to contact your legislators... We need to hear from people to understand what’s important to them,” said Schwartz.

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