Wyoming governor seeks efficiency, pay raises for employees

Governor Mark Gordon gives his first speech as governor during the 2019 Wyoming Inaugural on Monday, Jan. 7, at the Cheyenne Civic Center. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Jan 10, 2019
By MEAD GRUVER , Associated Press

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming’s new governor wants to save money through government efficiency but also wants to give state employees a long-delayed raise.

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Mark Gordon said in his first news conference as governor Thursday he doesn’t want more expensive government, just better government.

The newly elected Republican says Wyoming has an opportunity to rethink state government. Gordon says he’s looking for ways to improve efficiency, such as consolidating and merging certain state agency functions.

At the same time, Gordon says he supports a supplemental budget proposal by his predecessor, Matt Mead, to give state employees their first raise since 2015.

Gordon says it’s becoming difficult to recruit and retain state employees.

Gordon also announced four new agency directors including Democrat Mike Ceballos to lead the Wyoming Department of Health.

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