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Governor: Lawmakers should support infrastructure, Medicaid

Despite the downturn in energy prices, Wyoming remains strong and must invest in infrastructure projects and accept federal funds to expand Medicaid to keep moving forward, Gov. Matt Mead told lawmakers in his state of the state address Monday.

Mead, a Republican in his second term, said it's important to respect the budget recommendations of the Legislature's Joint Appropriations Committee, which is calling for across-the-board cuts to nearly all state agencies over the next two years.

However, Mead said he stands behind his own recommended budget that calls for taking roughly $450 million more from the state's $1.8 billion "rainy day fund" to avoid cutting...

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