The legislative session is a long way from over but, so far, schools have been largely spared from talk of budget cuts.
The House passed Tuesday a $3.5 billion base education budget bill, HB1, by a vote of 69-2. The bill is a first step in crafting the state's budget. It's the foundation upon which lawmakers will build a final education budget in coming weeks for the next school year.
"This is a start to our funding of education," said bill sponsor Rep. Merlynn Newbold, R-South Jordan.