During his monthly news conference Thursday, Gov. Norm Bangerter again defended his decision to call a special session of the Legislature to consider refunding a state income tax surplus that could reach $85 million.

He dismissed critics who have labeled his proposal to return the surplus through a special session as political, and who've suggested instead that taxpayers should vote on how to use the money."If you look at the legality of it, there's no clean way to do that," Bangerter said of allowing the decision to be made at the polls.

Besides returning part of the state surplus to taxpayers in the form of a tax credit or rebate, Bangerter said, lawmakers will also discuss restoring a $3 million shortfall in public education funds when they meet in June or July.