By Associated Press - Monday, December 3, 2018

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Gov. Matt Mead has released his final budget recommendations even though he won’t be around when the state Legislature decides on spending changes next year.

Mead is finishing up his second term and will hand the governor’s office over to Gov.-elect Mark Gordon next month.

Mead’s supplemental budget released Monday recommends spending about 1.5 percent of the additional revenue that has flowed into state coffers recently. The governor’s office says most of Mead’s new spending recommendations are for one-time expenditures.

Mead has recommended additional funds for local governments, scholarship programs and athletic competitiveness at the University of Wyoming, pay increases for state, university and community college employees and programs at the departments of Health and Family Services.

In addition, he supports boosting K-12 school funding.

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