State Senator Dave Kinskey (R-Sheridan), during a recent talk with the Buffalo City Council, discussed what the legislature is facing with a budget shortfall projected at a half a billion dollars over the next four years.
Kinskey said the shortfall is mainly involving K-12 education.
Kinskey said the legislature needs to look at ways to save money on transportation concerning busing students across the state for games when some games could be scheduled closer to home, and also why students in larger districts such as Casper, which are “school of choice districts” are being bused to other schools across town when they may live closer to another school.
Healthcare for the school district employees is the last item that needs to be looked at, he said, to try to save money and curb some of the projected shortfall over the next four years.
Kinskey said, “the state has never had to make these kinds of decisions before because the state’s always had money. That’s changed. It’s changed dramatically and it’s changed rapidly.”