Dec 4, 2012 The Associated Press

Mead would cut $11.4M from UW

LARAMIE � The University of Wyoming would see its state funding cut by about $11.4 million under Gov. Matt Mead�s budget recommendations.

However, Mead�s proposal would provide money for merit pay raises for UW employees and for one of the largest building projects ever undertaken at the university.

The governor�s recommendations call for a 6 percent reduction for the university in the 2013-14 fiscal year while most other state agencies would see an 8 percent reduction.

It also advocates for a recurring $2.4 million appropriation for employee pay increases and a one-time, $70 million allocation for College of Engineering and Applied Science facilities.

UW President Tom Buchanan says the university appreciates the governor�s recommendations.

Panel endorses gas tax increase

CHEYENNE � The Legislature�s Joint Revenue Committee has endorsed increasing Wyoming�s fuel tax by 10 cents a gallon and raising motor vehicle registration fees by $10.

The proposals would raise nearly $90 million more per year, most of which would be used to maintain Wyoming highways.

Both bills will be considered during the 2013 legislative session that begins Jan. 8.

The proposals approved on Monday in Cheyenne came out of a months-long study to find a new funding source for the state�s cash-strapped highway system.

Gov. Matt Mead recommended the fuel tax increase last week, saying it would give the Wyoming Department of Transportation a predictable revenue stream to plan long-term projects.

Bodies recovered in plane wreckage

FILLMORE, Utah � Searchers in central Utah recovered three bodies from wreckage believed to be that of a Wyoming-bound plane that went missing while returning from a Thanksgiving visit in California, authorities said Monday.

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