2016 Budget Highlights

 

  • Total Budget: $15.1B, balanced
  • State Funds: $6.4B
  • Debt and Savings
    • Paid down $335M in General Obligation debt
    • No new debt authorized this session
    • Total formal budget reserves of $491M
  • Public/Higher Education
    • $445M combined = 2/3 of new revenue
    • $60 million into Education Rainy Day Fund
    • $1.7M for additional staff at the State Office of Education
    • Up to $4.4M for new financial management system at SOE
    • WPU increase of 3% + .75% equivalent for equalization
    • $16.8M for technology in classrooms (k-12)
    • $17.2M for early learning initiatives
    • $6.4M for arts programs
    • $$7.2M to support targeted at-risk or rural student populations
    • $2.5M ongoing for applied technology college campus program expansion
    • $800,000 increase ongoing for applied technology college equipment
    • $42.5M for SLCC Career and Technical Education Center
    • $8M for SUU new Business Building and repurposed building
    • $38M, funded over two years, for USU Biological Science Building
    • $32M, funded over two years, for UVU Performing Arts Building
  • Criminal Justice
    • $2.4M new for Corrections
    • $1M for Guardian ad Litem
    • $1M for Highway Patrol
    • $600,000 for State Court Judges
    • $1.75M for 15 additional Adult Probation & Parole agents
    • $5M in increases for county jails
    • $1.5M one-time/$500,000 ongoing for Indigent Defense Commission
    • $2M one-time to begin development of a statewide data coordination system to support JRI
  • Social Services
    • $10M to address homelessness
    • $500,000 toward drug overdose programs
    • $951,000 for increased monitoring of substance abuse treatment fraud
  • Air Quality
    • $6M for construction of a technical support center
    • $1M for air quality monitoring
    • $400,000 for research and awareness
    • $150,000 for clean fuel conversion grant program

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