Gov. Gary Herbert unveiled a budget proposal Wednesday that he says will not only help more Utahns gain college degrees and certificates, but also avoid "degrees to nowhere" — and lead to high-paying jobs in science and technology.
He called for investing $298 million more in the state’s educational system, including especially targeting programs that increase the number of degrees and certificates in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
"There is an essential and undeniable link between a highly educated workforce and long-term, robust economic growth," Herbert said in his budget letter to Utahns. "In this arena, the state of Utah cannot afford to fail."
Herbert’s budget proposal for fiscal 2014, which begins on July 1, 2013, foresees an additional $300 million in new, ongoing funds plus another $121 million in one-time funds from economic growth and surpluses — as long as Congress avoids the fiscal cliff.