More funds for schools expected in Utah governor's budget

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

State and legislative economists are forecasting $338 million in new tax revenue will be collected in the coming budget year, a welcome departure from the not-too-distant past, when the Great Recession resulted in shrinking budgets and belt-tightening across government.

But don’t expect that money to stretch too far, cautions Kristen Cox, director of the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget.

Educating a projected 10,300 new public-school students, managing the growing prison population, maintaining state buildings, meeting growing Medicaid demands and paying state workers will put serious demands on state dollars, Cox told reporters Monday.

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