2014 Budget Highlights

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as compiled by Juliette Tennert, Budget Director and Chief Economist

Total FY 2015 Appropriations

  • Appropriations from all sources total $13.5 billion, up approximately 5.1% over FY 2014 as appropriated last year
  • Appropriations from the General Fund and Education Fund total $5.8 billion, up approximately 5.9% over FY 2014 as appropriated last year

New Revenue

  • $144 million in new one-time unrestricted General and Education Fund revenue was available for appropriation ($11 million more than forecast last November; includes $122 million from FY 2013 revenue surplus)
  • $253 million in new ongoing unrestricted General Fund and Education Fund revenue was available for appropriation ($47 million more than in November)
  • Approximately $200 million in savings and existing balances (including $52.5 million Medicaid and CHIP caseload savings, $20 million from Corrections non-lapsing balances, and $58.9 million from Public Education non-lapsing balances) [Note rough estimate is right magnitude but not exact]


  • Approximately $390 million in new spending for public and higher education – over 75% of all new unrestricted General Fund and Education Fund appropriations
  • Higher education highlights:
  • $50 million to increase equity in per-student funding across USHE institutions
  • $7 million for distinctive mission activities at USHE institutions
  • $3 million for capacity expansion and $3 million for equity across UCAT campuses
  • $14 million for USHE, UEN, and UCAT Compensation (salary, retirement, health, etc.)
  • $111.2 Million for new buildings (including $57.4 million for Weber State, $19.3 million for Southwest ATC, $8 million for Huntsman and $26.5 million for USU Brigham City and Price campuses)

Public Education highlights:

  • $64 million for enrollment growth of 10,300 new students
  • $62 million to increase the value of the Weighted Pupil Unit (WPU) by 2.5% — the largest net increase in the WPU value since FY 2008-09
  • $20 million for STEM
  • $250,000 for a high school graduation initiative to study how to improve career counseling in schools

Infrastructure: Buildings

  • $57 million in new funding for Capital Improvements (alterations, repairs, and improvements), brings total FY 2015 funding to $100.2 million
  • Approximate 50% will be used for higher education buildings
  • $165.4 million in new state-funded capital development projects
  • Higher education projects – $103.2 million
  • Huntsman Cancer Institute -$8 million
  • National Guard Infrastructure Improvements – $3.9 million
  • Gunnison Inmate Housing – $36 million
  • Developmental Center Durable Housing – $6.5 million
  • Juvenile Justice Weber Valley Multiuse Youth Center Land – $2.3 million

Infrastructure: Transportation

  • Dedicated transportation revenues, including motor fuel taxes and earmarked sales taxes, are forecast to grow to $900 million in FY 2015, 2% more in ongoing funding ($18 million) than available last General Session.
  • $4.0 million in additional funding for maintenance and snow plowing of additional miles added to the system in FY 2014


  • $36 million to build 192 new beds in Gunnison
  • $3.5 million for planning and design activities associated with relocation of the Draper prison
  • $4.1 million to accommodate 239 new jail contracting beds ( includes 161 new beds in FY 2013 and FY 2014 that were previously funded one-time)
  • $670,000 increase the jail contracting rate from $46.85 to $47.85 (61% of the daily incarceration rate)
  • $500,000 to provide substance abuse and sex offender treatment for state inmates housed in county jails
  • $1.016 million to increase the jail reimbursement rate from $30.44 to $32.87 (42% of the daily incarceration rate)
  • $500,000 for recidivism reduction activities
  • $425,000 to expand treatment for sex offenders

Air Quality

  • $1.4 million to conduct Utah-specific air quality research and inventories in the Uintah Basin and along the Wasatch Front.
  • $400,000 for enforcement and monitoring personnel
  • $500,400 for ongoing Clean Air Campaign
  • $500,000 to convert homes heated solely through wood-burning to cleaner and more efficient heating sources
  • $250,000 for wood burning public awareness campaign
  • $200,000 for Division of Air Quality grants to implement clean air technologies for vehicles and equipment
  • $1.3 million to extend a tax credit of energy efficient vehicles


  • Approximately $18.2 million in new General Fund and Education Fund for state employee compensation package increases ($39.6 million all funding sources)
  • $7.6 million for 1% across-the-board general pay increase and discretionary increases equivalent to a 0.25% across-the-board increase ($14.7 million all funding sources)
  • $2.2 million to cover 2.2% growth in employee health plan costs ($4.3 million all funding sources)
  • $7.9 million to cover 8% growth in pension liabilities ($14.7 million all funding sources)

Social Services

  • $1 million in one-time funding for the Division of Services for People with Disabilities waiting list
  • $500,000 in funding for the Road Home to construct a new shelter facility
  • $4.4 million in one-time funding to increase the Behavioral Health Medicaid Match
  • $1.5 million to continue the Mental Health Early Intervention program for children and youth