CHEYNNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) "This is a Wyoming approach to fill in the gaps of the federal protection program that's infused over a billion dollars into our state," State Representative Harshman said.
The Wyoming Senate President, Drew Perkins, and Legislature Speaker of the house, Steve Harshman, held a telephone briefing Friday afternoon.
"About 400 million dollars, if there weren't further legislative action by July 1st, that would be released to the Governor to use in whatever he is doing with the bills authorized" State Senate President Perkins, told Wyoming News Now.
With the media, they looked at the work ahead for the Wyoming Legislature after the worldwide emergency. Governing bodies across the Cowboy state have seen many financial obstacles amid COVID-19, causing budget cuts, which directly affects a portion of state employees.
On may 20th, governor Mark Gordon signed three pieces of legislation passed by the Wyoming legislature. The bills passed will award Wyoming for spending $1.25 billion in federal funding.
The Wyoming legislature says the finances will help in the coronavirus aid, and the economic security (CARES) act. The house speaker said he believes the bills will protect and help communities survive the impacts of COVID-19.
On May 14th, the Governor allocated $17 million from the CARES act funds to testing and health responses against COVID-19.
Wyoming Legislatures believe moving forward, the state of Wyoming has a lot to gain from how Governor Gordons administration uses the relief funds.