Utah governor hails education plan that could triple funding

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert speaks to reporters following his bill signing at the Meadowbrook Elementary School Monday, April 16, 2018, in Bountiful, Utah. Herbert signed the bill creating a path to raise education funding in a deal lawmakers reached with a well-connected group of business, political and education leaders. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

BOUNTIFUL, Utah (AP) — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert is praising a compromise plan that could nearly triple state education funding in five years.

The Republican governor gave his remarks on Monday during a signing ceremony for the measure at an elementary school in suburban Salt Lake City.

The measure will ask voters to decide in November whether they want to approve a 10 cent increase in the state’s gas tax. Combined with other funds and a freeze on state property tax rates, that tax would increase education funding by $386 million in 2023.

The compromise was reached by lawmakers and the Our Schools Now initiative, which had previously pushed for a ballot initiative that would have increased education funding by $715 million through a hike in state sales and income taxes.

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