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Governor grants University of Wyoming budget requests

December 5, 2018

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming gets nearly all money it asked for in a state budget update proposed by outgoing Gov. Matt Mead.

The university sought an extra $19.4 million. Besides endorsing the bulk of that, including a $10 million scholarship endowment, Mead proposes $2.5 million in pay raises for university staff.

The Laramie Boomerang reports the university distributed $5.5 million in pay increases last summer. Concern remains that the school’s lowest-paid employees don’t earn a livable wage.

Wyoming adopts a state budget every two years. Major budgeting occurs in even-numbered years. Updates to the main budget happen in odd-numbered years.

The Wyoming Legislature will consider the supplemental budget in early 2019. Once approved, it will go to Mark Gordon, who will be sworn in as governor in January.

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Information from: Laramie Boomerang, http://www.laramieboomerang.com

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