The 67th Wyoming Legislature began its first day of the 2024 Budget Session with a joint session on Monday. To kick off the proceedings, Miss Wyoming USA Beck Bridger of Sheridan sang the National Anthem. In his State of the State Address, Governor Mark Gordon highlighted Wyoming’s strong economy and low unemployment rate, which he attributed to the state’s focus on energy production and diversification. He also addressed the impact of the Biden administration’s energy policies on Wyoming’s energy industry and urged legislators to prioritize property tax relief in their budget decisions.
Gordon proposed a conservative budget that keeps general fund spending flat when compared to 2021 while addressing significant needs such as property tax relief and mental health. He urged legislators to be mindful of potential impacts on county resources, roads, and schools when considering legislation that addresses high property taxes. Education, mental health, and border security were also discussed in Gordon’s address. We will have more coverage from his State of the State in future stories.