Education gets top priority in Gov. Gary Herbert's $12.8 billion budget plan
Proposal anticipates surplus of more than $400 million
The proposal outlines $52.4 million in bonding for new classrooms at Utah Valley University and buying land for Dixie State University as well as infrastructure needs at the Utah State Developmental Center.
Health care and Medicaid also bring some uncertainty the governor's budget proposal.
The Affordable Care Act is scheduled to be fully implemented in 2014. But Herbert said many questions remain despite his effort to get specific answers about policy, the state health insurance exchange and Medicaid.
"How these issues are resolved at the federal level will have a significant effect on Utah's household budgets, as well as Utah's economy and the state's budget," according to Herbert.
In addition to education, the governor's plan recommends increases for other state agencies, including $90.9 million for public safety and corrections, $28.8 million for human services and $21 million for economic development.
Herbert also budgeted to keep state parks and state liquor stores open, raise salaries for state and higher education workers and safeguard confidential information in state computer systems.
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