Headlines in the Salt Lake Tribune today paint a slightly better picture of the budget problems this year. Read at www.sltrib.com
The revenue projections, released yesterday, allow for another $50 Million that the legislature won't have to cut from the budget. That still leaves a lot of holes in the budget (around $700 Million) The big questions to answer still are: Tax Increases (doubtful, unless on cigarettes), Use of the Rainy Day funds (we will get some, but not all), and, of course, cuts to programs, personnel, furlough days, increased class sizes, smaller salaries and other draconian solutions.
We can expect those three retirement bills to see the light of day in the Senate either tomorrow or Friday. Not much hope of stalling them in the Senate, but we hope for some slowing in the House.