Education is the only area that Utahns want state lawmakers to give more money to next year, the latest Deseret News/KSL-TV poll shows.
Other areas of state spending, such as Social Services, highway construction and maintenance, public safety and corrections should get the same amount of funding, a survey conducted by Dan Jones & Associates shows.Utahns traditionally support educational funding, and this year is no different. In fact, some lawmakers and educators believe the defeat last November of the tax-cutting initiatives highlighted the difficulties facing Utah's overburdened public education and university systems, leading to a new awareness of the need of spending more money on schools.
Jones found that 69 percent of those questioned believe funding for public education - grades kindergarten through 12th - should be increased. Not surprising, 74 percent of those who said they have children in public schools believe more money should be spent on education.
Fifty-seven percent said more should be spent on Utah's public colleges and universities, Jones found in a survey taken Jan. 3-5.
But besides educational funding, Utahns don't want more money spent on other programs.
Forty-five percent said Social Service funding should remain the same next year, 54 percent said highway and public safety spending are just about right, and 50 percent think spending on corrections is appropriate.
In his recommended 1989-90 budget Gov. Norm Bangerter recommends small increases in all those separate budgets. He says he's providing enough money to public and higher education to pay for increased student enrollment.
But the governor also wants a 3 percent increase to Social Service (welfare) recipients and increases in corrections and highway spending.
**** Deseret News/KSL Poll
For which of the following state programs would you like to see funding increased, remain the same or decreased in determining the next state budget?
Decrease the same Increase know
Higher education 4 percent 36 percent 57 percent 3 percent
Public education 2 percent 27 percent 69 percent 2 percent
Social Services 17 percent 45 percent 33 percent 6 percent
Highways 4 percent 54 percent 37 percent 4 percent
Public safety 5 percent 54 percent 37 percent 4 percent
Corrections 10 percent 50 percent 31 percent 8 percent
Sample size: 601; margin of error plus or minus 4 percent