Governor Matt Mead says he wants money he has added to his budget for local government support to be used as those local governments see fit. Mead told members of the Wyoming Press Association that he is proposing a nearly flat budget compared with the last two years, but there is an additional $200-million for lawmakers to allocate. He hopes $175 million dollars of that can be provided to local governments with specific uses left up to local elected leaders. He says he believes fundamentally that the government closest to the people is in the best position to make decisions on what is needed. Mead adds, “It is on the local level where jobs are created, it’s where we live, that’s where we raise our families.” He says in his experience, the local governments have spent their allocations wisely. He says it has produced good results for the state’s economy over the past three years, including a decline in unemployment.