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The following are summaries of governors' budget requests for precollegiate education and final action by legislatures on education-related matters.

Governors' Proposals


Governor: Edwin W. Edwards (D)
FY 1995 proposed state budget: $11.7 billion
FY 1995 proposed K-12 budget: $1.83 billion
FY 1994 K-12 budget: $1.79 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +2.2 percent


  • Proposed total state budget includes projected revenue from a sales tax that the legislature must renew, as it has for the past three years.
  • Contingent on potential gambling revenue from land-based and riverboat casinos, the Governor has proposed a 5 percent pay hike for teachers and other school employees, which may be imperiled if the state is forced to reopen bidding on casino contracts.

Final Action


Governor: Mike Sullivan (D)
FY 1995 state budget: $1.03 billion
FY 1995 K-12 budget: $314 million
FY 1994 K-12 budget: $345 million
Percent change K-12 budget: -8.9 percent


  • Under the 1995 budget, 32 of the state's 49 school districts will see a decrease in classroom-unit funding, a figure based on enrollment and district facilities.
  • Governor vetoed a provision that would have required the University of Wyoming to offer 10 percent of its full athletic scholarships to high school students from Wyoming.
  • Up to $8 million per year in royalties from mining on school property is designated for a school-construction fund.
  • Under a law passed this session, students in grades K-12 will designate the official state dinosaur.

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