Educating Utah's young people is the focus of Utah Gov. Gary Herbert’s budget recommendations for the coming year.
Announcing his proposed 2013-2014 budget from a high school in Bountiful on Monday, Herbert laid out a $12.9 billion budget that he said would be based on four cornerstones - education, job development, energy development and Utah solutions to problems.
The governor makes budget recommendations each year for the state Legislature to use when developing the state’s budget during its general session, which starts in January.
With an estimated surplus of $408 million projected for the 2012-2013 fiscal year, state agencies are hoping for a break from the direct cuts that have become the norm in the last three years, when the state suffered from the effects of the housing market collapse and recession.
Herbert’s proposal includes no tax or fee increases, and he said it is based on the conservative “sound financial principles” that has earned the state national praise for its fiscal management.