- Associated Press - Thursday, September 22, 2016

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Officials say the state’s budget cuts will have little impact on the Wyoming Department of Transportation, unlike other state agencies that have faced cutbacks and been forced to end services.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/2cq3tqV ) the transportation department’s fiscal year 2017 operating budget was approved by the Wyoming Transportation Commission last week. Revenue and expenses for the upcoming fiscal year look similar to the current year’s.

The department only relies on the state general fund for about 2 percent of its budget. Several other agencies rely much more heavily on the general fund, which has been impacted by the state’s economic downturn.

WYDOT’s chief financial officer, Dennis Byrne, says drivers can expect to see more road improvements this year and that financial impacts to other projects “should be minimal.”

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Information from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle, http://www.wyomingnews.com

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