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WYO Budget Revolt Too Revolting?

February 16, 2007

The Wyoming House spending revolt may be a bit too "revolting" for some, especially in light of a state budget surplus. The sudden move by the Wyoming House of Representatives to cancel all new spending will be reviewed after a tally of its potential impact on programs, projects and investments.

Among the would-be victims is the Wildlife Trust Fund. Jason Marsden of Wyoming Conservation Voters says it makes sense for some of the budget surplus to end up there. He points to the Trust Fund's popularity with a wide range of groups, from landowners and farmers to the oil and gas industry.

"The budget surplus is generated by all of the oil and gas development that is impacting habitat, and wildlife. And the oil and gas companies have put additional money into the fund, because they're also concerned about some of the damage that's being done from development."

The state budget surplus is less than expected, which is why some House members have proposed cancelling all new spending in the supplemental budget. However, the Wildlife Trust Fund is not used for direct spending; it generates interest that is used to repair habitat damaged, either by drought or by energy development in Wyoming.

Deborah Smith/Jamie Folsom, Public News Service - WY