Hillyard would like to fund growth in education but also set aside money for WPU

The 2012 session of the Utah Legislature opens Monday, January 23 and as co-chairman of the executive appropriations committee State Senator Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan, will have a big say in how the revenues are used.On KVNU’s For the People program Thursday, Hillyard said he feels there is enough money to fully fund the growth in public education and he would also like some money for WPU (weighted pupil unit) because all districts have not been having growth.”Logan’s a good example,” Hillyard explained. “I would imagine Ogden School District probably doesn’t have growth because most the growth is in Weber. Just like in Logan most of the growth is in Cache. “So if you just fund growth and then you don’t fund WPU the school districts without any growth, like Logan, have increased power costs, increases in all those things that they have to pay with no way of paying it, like Health Insurance costs.”Hillyard said whether or not that can be done is determined by how all the other issues are tied together and some of them, like Medicaid, are mandatory.

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