Gov. Norm Bangerter admits he is recommending the state take some money out of its rainy-day fund to pay for ongoing programs, but he says he's taking less than lawmakers have in years past.
Lawmakers have criticized the governor's budget in recent days, saying he is using mirrors to create an illusion of prosperity. The rainy-day fund was established for emergencies."That's like taking $40 out of my savings account and saying I'm $40 richer," said Rep. Frank Pignanelli, D-Salt Lake.
Bangerter said his plan calls for using only about $6 million from the rainy-day fund for ongoing programs. He remains firm behind his proposal to cut taxes by $19 million, saying he thinks there will be plenty of money available when revenue figures are released in February.