On the last day of each Legislature, lawmakers pass what is called the "bill of bills" a huge spending document that makes last-minute funding and basically balances out the state's next fiscal year budget.
This year's bill spends the last $398 million lawmakers had to allocate.
Also historically, a few ineresting items sneak into the final budget bill, while some other items have been long debated and well known, or are required in other bills which carried a fiscal note, or cost.
Here are some interesting items in the 2008 bill of bills which passed Wedneday night:
• $1 million to pay for costs associated with moving the Legislature back into the Capitol, membership dues and legislative per diem.
• $3.8 million to bank land. Sources said the money goes to two projects desired by Senate President John Valentine, R-Orem, to buy land near Utah Valley University and land in Ogden for a future court building.
• $150,000 to study a road across Utah Lake.
• $85,000 for the Capitol Hill dining services.
• $750,000 for critical languages.
• $100,000 for the Emergency Food Network, to make up for a loss in its tax break on food sales tax.
• $100,000 to the Gunnison Community Theater.
• $815,000 for state computer security.
• $500,000 for the motion picture fund, money demanded by the governor.
• $250,000 for the Museum of Natural Curiosity, Thanksgiving Point.
• $349,000 for a judicial performance evaluation.
• $357,000 for the Thanksgiving Point Museum.
• $900,000 for UCAT equipment.
• $3 million for English language learner software.
• $5,000 spent for the "state women's golf tournament."
And a number of museums and art organizations got cash, including:Ballet West, $178,500; Freedom Festival, $107,000; Moab Music Festival, $50,000; Tuacahn, $150,000; Leonardo, $250,000