Utah Gov. Gary Herbert reports $85 million surplus in state budget

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  • Harvey1950 SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Sept. 18, 2012 4:53 p.m.

    @DN Subscriber...so, using your logic, if there is a shortfall, the tax rates should be adjusted upward because taxpayers received more services than they paid for, right?

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Sept. 18, 2012 1:57 p.m.

    The State of Utah should send it back to the Federal Government.

    Easy to balnace a budget and even have a surplus when you get 10 times that much from the Feds each and every year.

  • Spiff Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 18, 2012 1:06 p.m.

    Can my daddy have the 13 step (35%+) cut to his salary he had to take 3 years ago so he can take me some place special?

  • Mokie Mokie1735, UT
    Sept. 18, 2012 11:25 a.m.

    Why is there a $35 million surplus in Education? Shouldn't we use all we can to educate our kids?

  • ExecutorIoh West Jordan, UT
    Sept. 18, 2012 11:13 a.m.

    Half to rainy day fund, half gets returned to taxpayers. No bonus spending sprees.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    Sept. 18, 2012 11:11 a.m.

    This is great news of the state of recovery in our state. Let's hope that we keep up the growth even as major projects like the I-15 Core and the NSA data center build wrap up.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 18, 2012 10:34 a.m.

    This should NEVER be seen as the "legislature having another $46 million to spend" but rather proof that our essential needs have been met, and that Utah taxpayers have been charged too much, and that rates will be adjusted to allow them to keep more of their hard earned money.

    Fortunately, Utah Legislators are not (quite) as addicted to unrestrained spending as the idiots in Congress, so we occasionally end up with surpluses, and a "rainy day fund" to help in lean times. Well done, Legislators!

    Governments, like individuals, must live within their means. Sure, I would like a fancy car, huge mansion, exotic vacations, but I cannot afford them. Others may like "free stuff" from the government, and more money for x, y and Z, but we cannot afford those either.

  • The Utah Republican Alpine, UT
    Sept. 18, 2012 10:19 a.m.

    At least part and maybe all of that money needs to go back into the rainy day fund.

    When the whole country crashed and most states had catastrophic deficits, UTAH had a rainy day fund and came through relatively intact.

    Fiscally conservative governance demands savings. Thrift is where you don't spend money. Savings is where you set aside part of your surplus to guard against future need. We have been and should be fiscally conservative.

    (Interestingly, the original rainy day fund was pushed through by public school teachers, back in the early 90's.)