Governor’s office mulling ‘big proposals’ for federal funds

Posted 11/23/21

Earlier this year, after Wyoming received the first installment of funds from the American Rescue Plan, Gov. Mark Gordon asked a Strike Team to work on big ideas that would help Wyoming drive towards …

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Governor’s office mulling ‘big proposals’ for federal funds

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Earlier this year, after Wyoming received the first installment of funds from the American Rescue Plan, Gov. Mark Gordon asked a Strike Team to work on big ideas that would help Wyoming drive towards a future where its citizens will thrive. Now there are more than $3 billion in proposals that the Strike Team is evaluating. 

Many will not qualify for the $1 billion of American Rescue Plan funds, but could qualify for other one-time funds or be funded through the new Infrastructure funding package. A list of the draft proposals — and links for the public to provide input — can be found on a dedicated section of the governor’s website.

“I appreciate the many bold and forward-looking proposals that have emerged. Nevertheless, I know we can only fund a portion of them. So a lot of work has to be done to refine this list of ideas,” Gordon said. “Wyoming must continue to support our core industries, support our social needs, and enhance economic opportunity into the future.”

The governor emphasized that he hopes the public will stay involved in the process, saying the state will provide an opportunity for feedback “right up until the legislative session in February.”

In December, Gordon will present his proposal for how to spend the American Rescue Plan funds Wyoming received. Distribution will be decided by the Legislature. Dollars must be spent by the end of 2026. 

Some of the big ideas include: 

• Investing in housing, spurring more supply for workforce, working families, veterans and the homeless. 

• Carbon capture and storage facilities to support the drive towards commercialization. 

• Small business support programs. 

• Expansion of broadband connectivity. 

• Funding the Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust to improve habitat

• A grant program for new outdoor recreation facilities and trails. 

• A grant program for health care and human service facilities.

• Workforce development grants for students to get new skills and jobs while meeting industry needs. 

• Telehealth investments. 

• Suicide prevention funding. 

• Support for emergency medical services. 

• Water infrastructure improvements. 

• Two new state parks.

• Wildlife and highway crossings. 

To view all of the proposals, visit drivethrive.wyo.gov.

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