WYOMING — Governor Mark Gordon has released the state budget proposal for July 1, 2025, to June 30, 2026.

In a press release issued by his office, Gordon said his budget “addresses the pressing challenges of today — a continuously overreaching federal government; workforce shortages; inflation; an unacceptably high suicide rate and property tax relief for the truly needy.”

Investments include:

  • $20 million to expand the Property Tax Refund program to provide additional targeted relief to Wyoming homeowners. 
  • Funding for community mental health centers and youth services mental health providers as well as expansion of the 988 suicide prevention hotline capacity to add text and chat services. 
  • Continued support for the expansion of the Wyoming Innovation Partnership to enhance the workforce in support of economic development.  
  • Increased spending authority for the Federal Natural Resources Planning Account (FNRPA) to defend Wyoming interests in court. 

“Wyoming has been fortunate to be the beneficiary of high natural gas prices and an influx of federal funds since the pandemic,” Gordon said. “However, now we must adapt to the absence of those federal dollars and the impact to our ongoing spending. It requires us to make difficult decisions about meaningful programs, and to determine how we are going to address our current challenges as well as the needs of future generations.” 

According to the press release, Gordon continues to pursue key investments to maintain the state’s position as a global leader in energy and natural resources. That includes a proposed extension of the Governor’s Energy Matching Fund program, and support for approaches to use and store carbon dioxide so that Wyoming’s coal mines can continue to produce and supply reliable, dispatchable power. 

The Governor’s full budget is available here. He will present the budget to the Wyoming Legislature’s Joint Appropriations Committee on Dec. 12.

Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.