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Wyoming

State Recovery Act Website: http://wyoming.gov/recovery/

Wyoming's state Recovery Act website scored 20 out of 100 possible points (ranking a tied 28th) on Good Jobs First's 51-state study of state stimulus websites entitled Show Us the Stimulus. The state earned fewer points than average by neglecting to report allocations compared to economic need, on a geographic basis, or report any job creation details. Contractor information: none.

Wyoming also scored 20 points out of 100-ranking a tied 43rd-on its disclosure of information specifically about highway projects funded by the Recovery Act.  The state's only points in this category were earned for mapping and describing highway projects and their cost. Contractor information: none.

For detailed scoring information, see the Wyoming appendix of Show Us the Stimulus.

Coordination & Oversight

Lynne Boomgaarden, currently the Director of the Office of State Lands and Investments, will be leading the state's recovery and reinvestment team.

Boomgaarden was first appointed to her current post in the Office of State Lands and Investments in 2003. Before her appointment she was an associate professor at the University of Wyoming Law School. Wyoming's ARRA team includes 25 members from 15 different state agencies impacted by stimulus funds.

The state's stimulus oversight team has put together an ARRA Master Plan that provides information by program and includes a section on Implementation Requirements.

On March 31, the ARRA team published the first of a series of Wyoming Monthly Summary Reports on the recovery website.

Policy Debates

Gov. Freudenthal and other legislators are interested in expanding and improving broadband access, and they are waiting to find out if the state will receive discretionary stimulus funding for that purpose.

State Superintendent of Instruction Jim McBride hopes to get a waiver to delay receipt of education stimulus funds so that the state can align those funds with the state's future budget for 2011-2012. The concern is that the state's budget will drop dramatically and this will create drastic changes to school programs. Wyoming is not currently facing a budget shortfall in the state education fund and is currently one of the top states for educational spending per pupil.

Across the state, towns, cities, and districts are applying for stimulus funding for water and sewer projects. Although the state will only receive about $40 million for these projects, applications indicate a need of over $800 million. The State Loan and Investment Board, the body in charge of approving these projects, has posted lists of approved projects on its website. The ARRA requires that 20 percent of these funds go to "green" projects, but the overseer of the state's Clean Water and Drinking Water program has complained that the federal government does a poor job of defining what "green" means.

Special attention by the recovery and reinvestment team is directed toward future stimulus funds dedicated to energy, given Wyoming's role as a leading coal producer.

Last updated on: 15 October, 2009

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