The new revenue estimates released late on Wednesday have pushed the available funding for the Utah Legislature to $581 million more dollars in tax revenue than last year. This means there will be $453 million in ongoing tax revenue surplus and $128 million in one-time tax monies, opening up the list considerably for possible areas to expend:
- The over $700 million in appropriation requests during the Session
- Public education funding
- Rainy-day funds, and
- Cut to the personal income tax rate.
Leadership will begin their work on Monday, giving them 11 days to accomplish a balanced budget.
- House Judiciary Standing Committee at 8:00 a.m in Room 20, House Building, will hear Rep. Greene’s Search and Seizure Amendments.
- House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Standing Committee at 8:00 a.m. in Room 450, Capitol, will hear a couple of bills about driving under the influence, as well as bills dealing with forcible entry and warrants and compensatory service in lieu of fine amendments.
- House Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environmental Standing Committee at 8:00 a.m. in Room 445, Capitol, will hear bills on rural economic development and a proposal to amend the Utah Constitution dealing with municipal water.
- House Transportation Standing Committee at 8:00 a.m. in Room 30, House Building, is hearing Nighttime Highway Construction Noise Amendments.
- Senate Economic Development and Workforce Services Standing Committee at 8:00 a.m. in Room 215, Senate Building, will be presented retail bag impact reduction and container regulation bills.
- Senate Government Operations and Political Subdivisions Standing Committee at 8:00 a.m. in Room 415, Capitol, has bills on boundary line agreement, property rights, temporary replacement of county elected officials, and citation authority bills.
- Senate Revenue and Taxation Standing Committee at 9:00 a.m. in Room 250, Capitol, will hear Rep. McCay’s Changes to Property Tax bill.
- UAC held their second-to-last Legislative Committee meeting where we discussed many different bills. Included in that list:
- Oversight Committee Creation
- Personal Property Tax Revisions
- Election Omnibus Bill
- Nurse Home Visiting Pay-for-Success Program
- Boundary Line Agreement Amendments
- Fine Amendments
- Professional Licensing Revisions