CHEYENNE, WYOMING (Feb. 11, 2020) — Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon delivered his 2020 State of the State Address on Monday morning before a Joint Session of the 65th Legislature. The Governor’s address was given before both chambers of the Legislature prior to the opening of the 24-day budget session.
“Wyoming remains strong thanks to her people, and because we have planned well for challenging times,” Governor Gordon said in his remarks. “I’m confident we’ll remain strong by aggressively engaging our future and seizing our opportunities.”
The recorded speech is available at https://governor.wyo.gov/.
Governor 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’s support for Wyoming’s energy industry, noting his decision to challenge Washington’s discriminatory denial of a permit to construct a coal export terminal before the U.S. Supreme Court. The Governor also reiterated his desire to invest in carbon capture and sequestration technology.
“Wyoming 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,” he said.
Governor Gordon also highlighted his efforts to preserve Wyoming’s 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’ private rights and maintains Wyoming’s wildlife and resources.
Addressing education, the Governor noted the fact Wyoming has obtained resources to “strategize, evaluate and improve our early-education, K-12 and post secondary systems.” “I am committed to working with you to find a solution,” he said of K-12 education funding. “This is something we simply cannot afford to put off. This train has arrived and the people of Wyoming know it. Let us not miss it.”
During his address, the Governor highlighted the contributions of several Wyoming citizens whose service and actions reflect the best of Wyoming. They included: Goshen Irrigation District Manager Rob Posten; Wyoming Teacher of the Year Dane Weaver from Tensleep; Campbell County coal mine employee Dan Baker; Kemmerer Mine manager Rob Piippo; Wyoming High Patrol Trooper Jaime Wingard; and Captain Scott Koenig of the Wyoming Army National Guard.