The Salt Lake Tribune editorialized a week ago about not cutting education funding. We are waiting now for Governor Herbert's budget request that is due Dec. 11. The shortfall is predicted at somewhere between $850 Million and $1 Billion. Much of that is from the stimulus money that backfilled the budget last year but is not there this year. Student numbers are predicted to increase by about 12,000 students. Our association leaders will be meeting with local legislators tonight and presenting the concerns that we have with the upcoming legislative session. It will take a combination of tax increases, rainy day fund, and creative budgeting to keep services at their current status.
Go to www.utea.org and click on the "Under the Dome" icon to read more about what is happening at the legislature.