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Mead delivers State of the State

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Wyoming Governor Matt Mead took center stage for the second day of this year's legislative session for his annual state of the state address.

Mead's speech focused on his proposed budget, which included an average of 6.5 percent cuts for all state agencies, like the highway patrol.

Mead claims this will lower spending by $60 million.

The highway patrol says, like most departments, the agency will have to find ways to provide the necessary services, while cutting back on expenses.

"Curtail out-of-state travel, curtail some in-state travel.  There'll still be our basic training needs.  But training above and beyond the normal will probably be curtailed," said Captain Carl Clements with the highway patrol.

Mead also brought up his support for a ten cent gas tax increase.

Mead claims the hike would raise over $70 million a year in revenue to fund state highway projects.

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