Governor’s Office and Legislature Release Updated Budget Estimates

SALT LAKE CITY (Feb. 18, 2022) – The Governor’s Workplace, Utah Senate, and Home of Representatives launched income numbers for state fiscal 12 months (FY) 2022-23. Utah is main the nation in financial efficiency and continues to exceed expectations. Although Utah’s economic system is powerful, there are important components, together with federal stimulus wind down, that will dampen income positive factors.

Up to date price range estimates point out an extra $432 million in one-time income in FY22 and an extra $383 million in ongoing funds in FY23. Of the newly projected obtainable ongoing revenues, about 70% are within the Schooling Fund, and 30% are within the Common Fund. The robust economic system is the explanation for the rise in income although there’s nonetheless heightened uncertainty concerning the long run. 

Whereas February’s new income development displays the continuing momentum of the state’s financial restoration, Utah has a historical past of planning for future downturns and dangers. Fiscally conservative insurance policies and forward-thinking rainy-day funds enabled the state to efficiently navigate financial uncertainties, present a $193 million tax minimize and proceed to fund schooling and social companies at historic ranges.

Through the 2022 Common Session, policymakers have an extra $617 million in one-time and $429 million in ongoing cash within the common fund, and an extra $1.68 billion one-time and $1.07 billion ongoing within the schooling fund to allocate.

“Utah’s strong economic system continues to roar and these extra revenues give us a singular alternative to enhance lives in addition to assist safe Utah’s future,” mentioned Gov. Cox. “Nonetheless, given the present inflationary pressures and world uncertainties, we should proceed with warning and strategy spending correctly. Supporting public schooling and upskilling, infrastructure enhancements, water investments, housing and financial savings — all of those will strengthen the state in each the short-term and long-term.”

State leaders need to make investments that can guarantee Utah continues to be the very best place to reside, work, study and play – not solely now, however for generations to come back. 

“For the previous two years, we have now been capable of minimize taxes,” mentioned President J. Stuart Adams. “Whereas this can be a nice step towards giving a reimbursement to hardworking Utahns, rising inflation is threatening our lifestyle. We’re taking steps to make sure our state can climate any monetary or financial storm. Our price range prioritizes objects that can higher put together us for future unknowns, together with generational investments in transportation, water, infrastructure and schooling. We’ll proceed to observe Utah’s long-standing sample of fiscal prudence, understanding it should serve coming generations of Utahns.”

The Legislature will proceed to fund the state’s vital wants whereas evaluating present and proposed spending with a deal with long-term fiscal sustainability. 

“Whereas I stay optimistic Utah’s economic system will proceed to flourish, we have to be cautious to not depend on one-time cash to fund ongoing wants,” mentioned Speaker Brad Wilson. “The Legislature has demonstrated a robust dedication to fiscal accountability by permitting Utahns to maintain extra of their hard-earned cash, growing funding for schooling, and investing in important tasks that can have generational impacts. We’ll proceed to make strategic investments that profit Utahns now and for years to come back.”

Finances Highlights

Common Fund income projections:

  • $128 million newly obtainable one-time income in FY 2022.
  • $123 million newly obtainable ongoing income in FY 2023.

Schooling Fund income projections:

  • $304 million newly obtainable one-time income in FY 2022.
  • $261 million newly obtainable ongoing income in FY 2023.

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