A lot of Wyoming's revenue comes from the energy sector. With natural gas prices down, the Governor has asked the State to evaluate an 8% budget cut. These cuts will be painful, but there may be a silver lining if the situation forces us to evaluate what the government really needs to do. Not only is the best government the government closest to the people, but problems should be addressed at the lowest level of society possible--individuals, families, social and religious organizations, and communities. There may be opportunities for communities and individuals to play a more important role in public health, education, the arts, and other cultural fields.
Healthcare and education spending make up almost 60% of the State budget. With Sue's years of experience in those fields, she will be able to make wise decisions about any cuts in these areas.