Subcommittee co-chairman Sen. Howard Stephenson called Shumway's letter a "cheap shot" at the legislative process. "He realizes that in the court of public opinion, issues tend to stick whether they have merit or not," the Draper Republican said.
Stephenson, R-Draper, said the subcommittee conducted business like it has every other year without complaint. Furthermore, he said it only makes recommendations to the Executive Appropriations Committee, which vets and screens budget priority lists.
"Nothing that was passed will be law," he said. "There must be one or two things they didn't like that elicited the complaining this year."
The Executive Appropriations Committee's first order of business will be to adopt the revenue estimates Tuesday. In following meetings, it will review subcommittee recommendations.
Legislative leaders have also said they want to dedicate much of the additional revenue to reserve accounts and paying down debt, which leave less to divvy up among state agencies.
Though the House Republican caucus has not taken any formal positions, Lockhart said there are programs she would like to see funded including autism insurance coverage, drug offender treatment and assistance for people with disabilities.
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