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Coronavirus Budget Cuts

Utah lawmakers are discussing plans to cut up to $1.3 billion out of the state’s budget for the next fiscal year. The cuts are aimed at making up for falling tax revenues due to the coronavirus pandemic. To prepare for the worst case scenario, lawmakers have asked budget subcommittees to remove any new funding the Legislature approved in its general session this year, and to propose cuts to their existing budget by up to 10%.

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The Utah Legislature’s Executive Appropriations Committee approved $850 million Wednesday in total budget cuts for the next fiscal year. 

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Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday he plans to call the Legislature into a special session next week to amend the state’s budget, to account for revenue loss due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

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The state Legislature’s Social Services Appropriations Subcommittee voted Friday to recommend using roughly $37 million from the Medicaid rainy day fund to offset proposed cuts to social services. Those cuts include reducing payments to foster families and money for domestic violence shelters.

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The Utah Department of Transportation’s budget could shrink by up to $1.5 million next year due to falling tax revenues resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.

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A legislative subcommittee approved plans Wednesday to cut up to nearly $45 million in funding for Utah’s courts and Department of Corrections. 

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Members of Utah’s Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee met Wednesday to discuss up to $380 million in possible cuts to the state’s education funding. The hearing is part of a larger effort from Utah lawmakers to balance the state’s budget, which is projected to lose up to $1.3 billion in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Things like Medicaid, mental health services and programs for people with disabilities could be impacted by cuts to Utah’s social services budget. 

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Utah lawmakers met Wednesday to discuss plans to cut up to $1.3 billion out of the state’s budget for the next fiscal year.