For Immediate Release: March 4, 2016
Contact: Elizabeth Converse, Communications Director
Utah House Democratic Caucus
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Final Budget Negotiations Strip WPU, Opts for Funding Federal Building
Salt Lake City - Executive Appropriations Committee met tonight to work out the final details of funding projects for the state budget - including the rate at which individual students are funded in public education. Democrats moved to prioritize an increase in the WPU, as well as making college more affordable to underprivileged students. Those attempts were voted down, with student athlete stipends and state funding of a federal building taking precedence.
Representative Joel Briscoe said, “This critical budget process can be confusing or boring or both. The problem with this confusion is that a lot of people miss really important line items. We can fund education at the levels our students need, if we are willing to occasionally make the unpopular decision to stop funding projects that have little to no bearing on our state’s bottom line. If you want good schools you have to pay for them. If you want a good economy, you have to invest in the people that make it great. We have the money, but not the will.”