Legislative leaders pass final budget proposal

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah’s legislative leaders quickly approved most of the final pieces of the state budget for the upcoming year. The Executive Appropriations Committee, comprised of House and Senate leaders from both parties, approved more than $500 million in funding Monday. The money restores most of the cuts made earlier in the session, although some targeted cuts are still being made. Those include a $7 million cut to the state prison, which could result in the release of up to 380 prisoners and 75 employee layoffs. There is additional money for growth in public education and Medicaid. Republican Sen. Lyle Hillyard of Logan, the Senate budget chair, says Republican leaders spent part of the weekend working out differences in the budget. The proposal now goes to the full House and Senate.

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