The Guv’s Fiscal 2012 Budget Recommendations

Governor Herbert’s Fiscal 2012 Budget Recommendations can be viewed in their entirety here: Links to more information, reviews and articles on the Budget Recommendations can be found at this Google Search Engine Page.I will be posting on select budget items throughout the legislative session.(cross-posted to Utah Legislature Watch)

Micro-managing school budgets vs. the real issues

The two fundamental problems in our educational system in Utah are (1) not enough per pupil spending (Utah is last in the nation) and (2) top heavy spending in the school districts (administration, etc.) for what benefits students are actually receiving.  #1 is by far the greatest issue.  Yet some legislators are choosing what I … Continue reading Micro-managing school budgets vs. the real issues

Poverty in Utah – It ain’t pretty and it ain’t improving

A report on poverty in Utah recently released publishes this information:14% of Utahns have no net worthPeople are working more than one job and those jobs aren't paying enough for families to make ends meetUtah's poverty rate has gone from 9.4% to 10.2% in the last five yearsThe uninsured rate among low-income Utah children grew … Continue reading Poverty in Utah – It ain’t pretty and it ain’t improving

HIll Happenings

Articles appearing in today's News about Utah Legislature Salt Lake Tribune Huntsman vetoes 3 more bills: Measures potentially unfair, unconstitutional, he says Breaking: Huntsman vetoes bonding, parental control bills (includes links to other articles about the governor's bill-signing) Deseret News Huntsman nixes 3 bills, 4 budgetary line items: The vetoes include road funds, parent rights … Continue reading HIll Happenings

HIll Happenings

Articles appearing in today's News about Utah Legislature Salt Lake Tribune With guv's signature, Lori's Law now official--In honor of murder victim: It upgrades minimum for first-degree felony murder from five years to 15 years Huntsman stalls on big bills: He leaves many controversial bills until last, as clock ticks Deseret News Huntsman to decide … Continue reading HIll Happenings

Utah’s Budget

Today's Deseret News reports that legislators have been able to get an official preview of Utah's budget proposal in approrpriations subcommittee meetings on Tuesday. Meeting in their respective appropriations subcommittees, they essentially reviewed last year's budgets for state agencies. Unlike last year, however, they are not being given the opportunity to propose increases to those … Continue reading Utah’s Budget