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State legislators to meet Thursday

Projected shortfall larger than anticipated

On Thursday, Sept. 25, the Utah State Legislature will meet in a special session called by Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr. to address budget shortfalls from original projections.

According to a press release from the governor’s office, the Revenue Estimates Committee, consisting of representatives from both the legislative and executive branch, met on Monday to revise 2009 revenue projections, decreasing them by $272.4 million. The legislature will have to trim that amount from the budget.

The session will begin at 8 a.m. Thursday with a meeting of the Executive Appropriations Committee to adopt the new numbers.

The press release also said the governor, House Speaker Greg Curtis and Senate President John Valentine have agreed to hold public education harmless during the special session.

The stated aims of the session are to make adjustments to the 2009 budget, consider amending sales and use tax provisions to address the transactions eligible for exemption as aircraft parts and equipment, to consider allowing the State Board of Education to exempt a school district or charter school from testing requirements under the U-PASS, and lastly to consider issuance and general obligation bonds for capital facilities and transportation projects.

The Economic Development and Revenue Appropriations Subcommittee will meet following the Executive Appropriations meeting at 9 a.m., and all other subcommittees will meet at 10:30.

Summit County residents can contact their representatives at these numbers:

Senator Kevin Van Tassel can be reached in Vernal at 789-7082.

Rep. Christine Johnson over the Snyderville Basin area is available at 801-661-3489.

Rep. Melvin Brown over the rest of Summit County can be reached at 647-6512.

These meetings are not required to allow time for public input, but if someone is in attendance wishing to speak, chairs and co-chairs have the authority to allow or deny them.

The legislature can also be followed in a limited way via some access to live web audio stream at http://www.le.utah.gov.

Andrew Kirk


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