The 67th Wyoming Legislature began its session on the first day of the 2024 Budget Session with a joint session. During this session, Miss Wyoming USA Beck Bridger of Sheridan sang the national anthem to open the proceedings. Details were provided by Sheridan Media’s Ron Richter.
Governor Mark Gordon delivered the State of the State Address during the session, where he stressed Wyoming’s strong economy and the highest gross domestic product in history. He also mentioned how the state’s unemployment is at its lowest since 2008. In addition, Gordon addressed the impact of the Biden Administration’s energy policies on Wyoming and the energy industry.
As this is a Budget Session, Governor Gordon urged Legislators to focus on the task at hand and pass the conservative budget he presented. This budget keeps general fund spending flat in comparison to 2021. Gordon also emphasized the need for property tax relief, particularly for those who are truly in need. He also asked the Legislature to consider the potential impacts on county resources, roads, and schools when addressing high property taxes. The Governor also discussed topics such as education, mental health, and border security in his address. Further updates on Gordon’s State of the State will be provided in future stories.