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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Governor's Proposal

LaVarr says:
"Gov. Jon Huntsman unveils his fiscal 2008 budget today, and it is quite remarkable. It will make for one of the more interesting legislative sessions ever."
The Guv will unveil his budget proposal at a press conference today at 11:00 a.m.


Blogger The Senate Site said...

From Glen Warchol's article:

"I could make a case that the larger the surplus, the uglier budgeting will be," says Sen. Curt Bramble, a former chairman of the Revenue and Taxation Committee, now incoming Senate majority leader.
Conservative Caucus chairman Rep. Greg Hughes, R-Draper, says his group is counting on spending caps that were passed a few years ago to rein in excessive government growth. But that protection is questionable because the most significant state spending areas - public education and highways - are exempt from the caps. Additionally, crucial needs in Corrections, higher education, and health and human service programs could drive lawmakers to try to remove or modify the spending limits.
But Bramble and other leaders say the political cost in the GOP-controlled body makes that unlikely.
"The caps were born in the aftermath of a terrible recession and a revenue shortfall," Hughes says. In a series of special sessions in the early 2000s, desperate lawmakers diverted highway money and drained emergency reserve accounts to meet education needs, he said. "This is the first year the spending caps are going to apply - we will resist any attempt to change them."

12/12/2006 9:30 AM  

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