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By Lyle Hillyard
Senate Chair of Executive Appropriations
In action this morning, the House and Senate set aside $300.0 M of ongoing moneys for tax cuts, transportation, and water development, leaving $56.0 M of ongoing revenue for further allocation.
We are working to allocate the remaining $56.0 M of ongoing funds for committee priorities. With that amount, we can probably fund the following (although the House and Senate still need to come to agreement on the exact items):Executive Offices and Criminal Justice
*$4.1 M for 288 beds added to the Central Utah/Gunnison Prison.Commerce and Revenue
*$800,000 overtime pay (about 70 percent of their request) for Highway Patrolman who work long hours on days with bad weather and poor driving conditions (remember last week’s snow storm?).
*$3.8 M for Health Insurance for Utahans who cannot obtain private insurance because of an uninsurable health condition.Health and Human Services
*$9.8 million for 192 case managers who provide medical access for abused children and $4.7 million for 91 foster care workers. (Thiswill replace federal Medicaid funding that was cut as part of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005).Natural Resources
*$1.6 million for 285 disabled Utahans who need services at home who would otherwise require full-time institutional care. These people are on the “waiting list.”
*$2.5 M for Wildlife Resources Employee Compensation. Lack of funding for this would result in a fee increase for hunters and fisherman.Public Education
*$2.0 M for anticipated student growth in Applied Technology Programs.Higher Education
*$2.3 million for Concurrent Enrollment growth.
*50 percent of the Operating and Maintenance costs and Utility Increases.
At $56 million that is about the extent of what we can fund. If more money were allocated to the committees, we would like to help fund the following priorities that ranked high with committees:Criminal Justice
*$1.3 M for Guardian ad Litem improvements.Capital Facilities and Administrative
*LeRay McAllister Critical Lands Fund.Commerce and Revenue
*General Assistance to the Department of Workforce Services provides funds for the homeless, and physically and mentally handicapped.Economic Development
*Centers for Excellence Funding will enhance Utah’s economy by improving Utah’s research industry at the University level. These programs lead to private commercial development across the state.Health and Human Services
*Business Resource Centers provide “one-stop shops” for small businesses across the state for business consulting and management.
*Film Incentive Funding gives rebates for out of state filmmakers who film in Utah.
*Restore funding to Utah’s zoo’s which lost funding in recent years due to the down-turned economy.
*Drug Court growth which provides an alternative to incarceration.Higher Education
*An additional $1,400,000 for disabled Utahans in addition to the amount proposed for the waiting list, above.
*Salary Retention for Higher EducationPublic Education
*The entire costs for Utility Rate Increases and Operation and Maintenance.
*Operation and Maintenance for New Buildings
*Math, Reading & Utah Basic Skills Competency Test to help students seek remediation to help pass Utah Basic Skills test. This provides professional development for math teachers.
*Full Day Kindergarten for at risk students.
Stay tuned. We still have a long week left in this legislative session.
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