Friday, May 18, 2012
Show Me The Money: Utah Government Spending 2012
The State of Utah has a giant budget of over $12 Billion. The Legislature is tasked with appropriating these funds to various departments and programs to keep government operating.
Of course, there is always the political component of determining which programs should be funded and which ones should not. For example, during interim session in 2011, a program director came to us asking to extend their funding another 10 years when they weren't even using half of the budget they had been allocated. Our committee decided not only to prevent an extension but also moved to stop funding the program altogether.
During the General Session there are many Appropriation Subcommittees which specialize in various departments of government and the funding for such. I happen to sit on the Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee.
For those of you interested in where your tax dollars were spent this last year, here is the report:
Utah State Fiscal Year 2013 Appropriations Report