Sitting in the Transportation, Environmental Quality, and National Guard Appropriations Subcommittee, I was disheartened by the action of the members to renew their efforts to cut the budget by an unrealistic 15%. While I acknowledge their efforts to prioritize the specifics of the cuts, I feel the passing of a budget that includes a cut to the National Guard Tuition Assistance and Veterans Affairs Outreach should not be included. This is why I voted no.
The committee passed the 7.5% budget cut for FY2009 and the 15% cut for FY2010. This will now go to the Executive Appropriations Committee on Friday, January 23, where my voice will be against the proposed 15% and for more reasonable solutions for Utah.