CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A nonprofit foundation supported by major players in Wyoming's energy industry is spending over $200,000 to remodel the kitchen and bar at the Governor's Residence in Cheyenne.

The Governor's Residence Foundation is paying for the work, which includes over $97,000 for the bar and nearly $96,000 for kitchen improvements.

Gov. Matt Mead mentioned the project to state lawmakers last week when he announced over $240 million in budget cuts to state agencies for the coming two-year fiscal cycle. He said the state is stretching its budget by using private money for the residence remodeling.

First Lady Carol Mead is president of the residence foundation. She says the foundation has existed for years and gets money that's left over after donations from corporations and individuals cover the cost of governors' inaugurations.

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