It was no surprise to Utah Gov. Gary Herbert when the latest revenue projections showed the state has approximately $400 million more in the budget than last year. The lack of surprise is because that was the amount projected last November by state economists and the Legislature’s fiscal analyst. Herbert said they have been able to predict pretty accurately in the past, which helps a great deal in the budgeting process. On his monthly radio news conference Thursday, Herbert said education has been his top priority for funding this year. “Funding the growth in public education, making sure we have adaptive testing, the ability to give more individual attention with the teacher, online schools, concurrent enrollment, opportunities where we prepare our high school kids to be ready for college – we don’t waste a year in college with remedial education – early intervention, extended day kindergarten. Those are my priorities and are happening,” Herbert said. The governor said the big goal is to have 66 percent – or two-thirds of the adult population – ages 20 to 64 obtain some kind of post high school certification or degree.
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