House Democratic Caucus Leaders Respond to Gov. Herbert’s 2018 Budget Proposal

Media Statement

For Immediate Release: December 13, 2017

Ross Chambless, Communications Specialist
Utah House Democratic Caucus
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House Democratic Caucus Leaders Respond to Gov. Herbert’s 2018 Budget Proposal

Salt Lake City – Today with the release of Gov. Herbert’s proposed 2018 budget, Utah House Democrats find several aspects of the budget they can support. 

Specifically, giving more than 70 percent of the $382 million of new on-going money towards education for our children is certainly what Utahns want.  Using these additional funds to give local schools more flexibility to invest in teachers and for supporting at-risk children are also good ideas that Democrats can support.  Utahns urgently want more funding for K-12 public school education with appropriate accountability, and the Governor’s budget is a good start.

House Democrats also support the Governor’s goal to improve air quality by aiming to reduce harmful emissions by 25 percent by 2026. The governor’s plan for increased funding for air quality research, and more flexibility in using Transportation Investment Funds (TIF) for all modes of transportation – not just for highways – will make improvements to our air quality.  

It is also important that we continue to fund Operation Rio Grande, and that we responsibly support populations without homes through mental health and substance abuse treatment. House Democrats also support working to create more jobs for rural Utahns, giving more funds to rural Utah schools, and improving and possibly expanding our state park system.   We also look forward to learning more about the governor’s specific ideas on reforming Utah’s tax code.  

“This is a good place to start for a budget bid,” said Rep. Joel Briscoe. “We think he’s got some good policy ideas here.  Helping at-risk kids, increased education funding, and a continued focus on improving air quality are all things Utahns want to see happen.”

“We look forward to working with the governor and other representatives who also want to move our state forward with policies that keep our state economically strong, while helping working families and our children,” said House Democratic Minority Leader Brian King.