- Associated Press - Friday, January 22, 2016

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - An interim legislative committee is proposing to slash $45 million from K-12 funding.

The Joint Appropriations Committee proposal differs from Gov. Matt Mead’s budget recommendation to insulate schools from cuts made necessary by Wyoming’s massive budget shortfall.

The K-12 funding still must be approved by the full Legislature, which convenes Feb. 8.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1SBGff7 ) that the cuts identified by the interim committee on Thursday would come from the state block grant that guarantees a certain level of funding to all school districts based on enrollment numbers.

The committee’s proposed cuts would eliminate $15 million in funding in the first year and $30 million in the second. School budgets would take a sizable hit. Campbell County School District, for example, stands to lose more than $3 million.

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, https://www.trib.com


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