CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Family Services is considering cutting 30 positions and $8 million in the coming two-year budget period.
The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that the cuts would leave the department with 749 employee slots (http://goo.gl/th4DV ).
The agency proposed the cuts to meet Gov. Matt Mead's request for 8 percent budget cuts. Already the office has consolidated divisions for juvenile services, social services and child abuse and neglect, and cut a couple of field manager positions.
"I think everybody understands there's not as much to work with," DFS spokesman Tony Lewis said of the state's constricted revenues.
Many agency programs, like Homeland Security or the Endangered Species program — both in the governor's office — are exempt from the cuts.
So are unemployment insurance, workers' compensation and labor market information in the Department of Workforce Services, because they are required by state law.
Other agencies facing cuts include the Wyoming Department of Transportation, which may cut $2.69 million, including cuts to airport improvement grants.
The Office of State Lands and Investments has recommended cutting two full-time positions and $1.1 million by reducing the match for clean water and drinking water grants to communities. The agency also would reduce fire payments to local governments
And the Community College Commission reports a cut of nearly $10 million would include a $7.5 million reduction to the seven community colleges for operations and $1.5 million less in health insurance reimbursements.