Wyoming’s 67th Legislature commenced on Monday, kicking off the first day of the legislative proceedings for the 2024 Budget Session. The session began with Sheridan Media’s Ron Richter singing the National Anthem. In his State of the State Address, Governor Mark Gordon highlighted the state’s strong economy and emphasized his push for property tax relief. According to Gordon, Wyoming’s gross domestic product is at an all-time high, and unemployment is as low as it has been since 2008. However, he also addressed how Biden Administration’s energy policies have had a negative impact on Wyoming and the energy industry.
Gordon urged legislators to focus on passing his proposed conservative budget that maintains general fund spending flat compared to 2021. He emphasized that his budget takes into account significant needs like property tax relief, targeting those in need. Additionally, he asked the legislature to consider legislation that addresses high property taxes while being mindful of potential impacts on county resources, roads, and schools. The governor also discussed education, mental health, and border security in his address. We will have more coverage from Gordon’s State of the State in future stories.