Utahns need to be informed of the record spending of our Legislature and governor. According to the Sutherland Institute, a conservative public policy think tank in Salt Lake City, Utah's new budget for fiscal year 2009 will be nearly $11.5 billion, an increase of more than three-quarters of a billion dollars in new spending and an increase of nearly 29 percent over the 2004 budget when Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. took office.

This is alarming!

Utah is considered a conservative state. That doesn't appear to be true any longer. We need to remember this when we go to the polls in November.

Darlene Bennett

Salt Lake City