State revenue projections expected Monday but federal budget stalemate looms large for Utah lawmakers

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  • TeaPublican Houston, TX
    Feb. 26, 2013 7:13 a.m.

    I have been watching our Republican leader on TV the past few days and they have the RIGHT idea! They have a two-fold strategy that is working! Do not answer any direct questions! Just keep on telling the public that we would rather have the sequester then even raise one extra cent of taxes on our Job Creators! And we must keep on telling the public every single chance we get that “this is that guy obama’s idea”. I have watched them do this on TV and it IS working! Just keep on saying “this is that guy obama’s idea” to any question asked and eventually we TeaPublicans WILL get the majority of Americans to believe it!

  • TeaPublican Houston, TX
    Feb. 25, 2013 3:44 p.m.

    Oh Please! Grow up and realize that this isn’t the end of the world! Sequester hysteria is just another big obama lie! The armed services and others being cut can shift funds around to take care of the cut! I think the major part of the military cuts can be made in the bloated bureaucracy and never be felt! This is a joke! The sky is falling! The sky is falling! Calm down liberals. Your welfare checks will still be in the mail! Move along folks! There’s no story here!

  • JimInSLC Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 25, 2013 10:51 a.m.

    We want a smaller federal government, but we want federal dollars. The Gov. of Florida has adopted Obamacare because the federal government says that it will pay for it. (for a couple years anyway) Where does he think that money comes from? It comes from the citizens of Florida, and the citizens of other states, and 40% of that money is borrowed money which future generations are expected to pay.

    All states should refuse federal money except for projects that are truly the role of the federal government, such as national defense. States should collect and hold tax money withheld for the federal government, saying, you'll get this money when you have complied with the law and submitted a budget.

    Most federal money is wasted in bloated administration agencies that don't have good control on where the money is spent, allowing hundreds of billions lost in fraudulent charges.

    As long as states are dependent upon federal money the federal government will continue to expand and weld greater control over the states.

    Elect out of office state representatives that attempt to acquire federal money, especially those that use earmarks tying the funds to unrelated bills. That's called extortion.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Feb. 25, 2013 8:54 a.m.

    The fear tactics campaign of the President who is not campaigning for office but trying to keep fear in people's minds if in their media efforts to keep minds ajar.

    The President won't answer his basic responsibilities to provide encouragement to a people that just spent their evening in the entertainment world he appears to enjoy and his wife can even dance with the stars on late night television.

    If the President is in control, he is the one that recommended the sequester, to begin with. That provided him the opportunity to not have to deal with the budgets, just as he has for 4 years when he got the actions to be delayed until after the election in November, 2012.

    In Jimmy Carter's time of 18-21 percent interest and not providing budget increases until toward the end of his reign, we have now 3 percent interest and a President who wants to threaten federal and state workers who depend on the federal government for all or part of their salaries.

    This President has not built up jobs for private sector but has increased federal jobs and now he is threatening the newest members of his corps to stop.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    Feb. 25, 2013 8:30 a.m.

    How the Sequester will impact Utah:

    Utah will lose approximately $6,260,000 in funding for primary and secondary education, putting around 90 teacher and aide jobs at risk. In addition about 9,000 fewer students would be served and approximately 20 fewer schools would receive funding.

    Utah would lose about $1,289,000 in environmental funding to ensure clean water and air quality, as well as prevent pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste. In addition, Utah could lose another $847,000 in grants for fish and wildlife protection.

    In Utah, approximately 15,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by around $83.5 million in total.
    Army: Base operation funding would be cut by about $16 million in Utah.
    Aiir Force: Funding for Air Force operations in Utah would be cut by about $2 million.

    Law Enforcement and Public Safety Funds for Crime Prevention and Prosecution: Utah will lose about $119,000 in Justice Assistance Grants

    Utah will lose approximately $264,000 in funds to help upgrade its ability to respond to public health threats.

    Not a complete list, edited for brevity.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Feb. 25, 2013 8:16 a.m.

    We have probably been putting too many eggs in our baskets over the years in the partnership with the federal government since 1972. We have expanded those programs to comply with a federal mandate to provide more in order to get more dollars. It is sort of like being held captive on a chain. They provide dollars that we sent them. Utah has never been on the high end of receiving those dollars. We always have federal agencies that want to squeeze blood out of a turnip. Politically, Utah has not had the prowess or ability to gain money due to our very Red state during the Clintons and Obama regimes. No matter how much we dump our own dollars into the federal process, 50 percent, is not enough. We are in the bottom of the price per child for education due to our governors always saying we get so much federal dollars and they want to eradicate public education. The higher office holders in Utah won't help the public education programs since they don't have plans to expand Charter and Private institutions of learning. They speak with tongue in cheek. There is not positive outlook for a change.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Feb. 25, 2013 2:58 a.m.

    This is a true windfall blessing in taking away power from state and federal government controls of land and open wilderness use in Utah. We in Utah have been given a rare opportunity to take action by not supporting government expansion on borrowed money. Government and its spending has devalued the dollar, caused sever inflation, and economic distress. In 1969 the dollar was worth 360 yen, now the dollar is worth 98 yen, nearly a 3,000% devaluation.

    Military/civilian job cuts is not as bad as it sounds, the majority will take retirement and still making money under a new job title that is good for the economy and air quality by taking thousands of vehicles off the road.

    Support downsizing and eliminating government intervention and control of our education, jobs, welfare, and economic stability and growth by the free enterprise system rather then government paid socialism and welfare.

    Do not listen to the grandstanding and accusations of losses and think of the positive side and the gains of a free market economy that grows with better paying jobs. It won't hurt the economy one bit for welfare reductions that are wasting 50%+ of the states budget.