CHEYENNE, Wyo. \u2013\u00a0Governor Mark Gordon delivered his 2020 State of the State Address before a Joint Session of the 65th Legislature this morning where he emphasized the strength of the state, outlined bright spots in Wyoming's economy, and reflected on successes from his first year in office. \u201cWyoming remains strong thanks to her people, and because we have planned well for challenging times,\u201d Governor Gordon said in his remarks. \u201cI\u2019m confident we\u2019ll remain strong by aggressively engaging our future and seizing our opportunities.\u201d Addressing both chambers of the Legislature before the opening of the 24-day budget session, Gordon emphasized that his proposed budget charts a fiscally stable path, keeping ongoing spending flat while curbing spending in areas including capital construction. The speech stressed the Governor\u2019s support for Wyoming\u2019s energy industry, noting his decision to challenge Washington\u2019s discriminatory denial of a permit to construct a coal export terminal\u00a0before the U.S. Supreme Court. The Governor also reiterated his desire to invest in carbon capture and sequestration technology. \u201cWyoming will always advocate for our industries, whether it be to protect against unconstitutional restraint of trade, or in their endeavors to deliver cleaner, more dependable, more affordable, and safer energy to our nation,\u201d he said. Governor Gordon also highlighted his efforts to preserve Wyoming\u2019s natural resources, including his Invasive Species Initiative that is exploring better ways to combat the spread of invasive species across the state. He also praised the work of the Big Game Migration Corridor Advisory Group and its efforts to strike a balance that respects landowners\u2019 private rights and maintains Wyoming\u2019s wildlife and resources. He plans to issue an Executive Order based on the group\u2019s recommendations. \u201c(This) provides a practical way to identify, designate, and protect a few migration routes without offending private property rights,\u201d he said. Addressing education, the Governor celebrated the fact that Wyoming has obtained resources to \u201cstrategize, evaluate and improve our early-education, K-12 and post secondary systems.\u201d\u00a0 He will continue efforts to better align post-secondary education opportunities, and also urged legislators to examine how the state can sustainably fund its education system. \u201cI am committed to working with you to find a solution,\u201d he said of K-12 education funding. \u201cThis is something we simply cannot afford to put off.\u00a0 This train has arrived and the people of Wyoming know it. Let us not miss it.\u201d The Gordon administration will continue working to improve access and lower the cost of healthcare in the state through innovative approaches. The Governor reiterated his support for funding an in-state suicide hotline. He also expressed a desire to expand tourism and outdoor recreation in Wyoming, noting that both are significant sources of revenue, much of which comes from out of the state.