No new taxes. Enough money to pay the costs of educating the expected 10,300 new students (at the bargain-basement per-pupil rate that puts Utah perennially at dead last among the states). An estimated $338 million in new tax revenue, but no promise of a substantial increase in per-pupil education funding.
Seem familiar? That's because it is the usual state budget refrain, with a new chorus about additional revenue, something that wasn't heard during the recession years. Still, even before the economy crashed in 2008, public education was never at the top of Utah's budget priority list.
Saying that education is important is a favorite campaign tune, but when it comes time to vote, the Legislature is quick to commit new revenue to roads or the Rainy Day Fund. Public schools necessarily capture the largest percentage of the state budget, but promises for additional money to boost teacher salaries or help at-risk kids learn to read largely go unkept.