All Budget Highlights Posts

Optimized Occupancy: Highlighting the Master Plan for State Facilities

The Statewide Master Plan guides investments in existing state office space and supports the new construction of carefully planned rural centers. The first master plan...
July 19, 2024

The Scoop on Salaries: Recent Legislative Investments in Teacher Pay

Salaries have long been a focal point in discussions about education funding. Teachers are fundamental to our educational system, and debates about their compensation have...
July 12, 2024

Settlement Savvy: How Utah is Using Opioid Settlement Funds

In February 2022, the first of several large settlements was finalized in the nationwide, multi-district litigation against opioid manufacturers and distributors. These settlements, worth an...
July 5, 2024

Making Cents of Jail Contracting: Recent Policy and Budget Changes

Local jails play a significant role in Utah’s criminal justice system. Specifically, county jails serve an important function by housing a portion of state inmates...
June 28, 2024

Special Session Spotlight: How Latest Appropriations Compare with June Revenue Collections

2024 Third Special Session Fiscal Impacts During Wednesday’s Special Session, the legislature considered five bills and two resolutions. Only two of those bills or resolutions...
June 21, 2024

Revenue Deja Vu: May Collections Mirror Previous Two Fiscal Years

On Friday, May 17th, the Tax Commission along with the Legislative Fiscal Analyst and Governor's Office of Planning and Budget released the latest revenue monitoring...
May 17, 2024

The Filing Finale: State Budget Ready for Tax Season

For the Legislative Fiscal Analyst (LFA), it's almost the happiest time of year. With the General Session in the rearview mirror, economists now watch with...
April 19, 2024

Of Budgets and Brine Shrimp: Recent Investments in Utah’s Water

It's hard to believe that two years ago we were writing about the abnormally dry conditions gripping the state, while last year the legislature considered...
April 12, 2024

A Hare Above: Spring Revenues Nearly Identical to 2023

Late last week, the Tax Commission released their revenue summary report, detailing collections through eight months of the Fiscal Year (FY). As of March 7th,...
March 21, 2024

Good GRAMA: Evaluating the State Records Committee Appeal Process

The Legislative Fiscal Analyst’s Performance and Operations Team recently published two new efficiency evaluations of state agency programs: Department of Government Operations - State Records...
March 15, 2024

The Buck $tops Here: A Budget Summary of the 65th Legislature

The Utah Legislature concluded the 2024 General Session with an operating and capital budget of $29.4 billion for fiscal year 2025. The budget includes $12.9...
March 1, 2024

Charting the Course: Navigating Revised Revenue Estimates

On Friday, February 16th, the Legislative Fiscal Analyst along with the Governor's Office announced updated consensus revenue estimates for Fiscal Years (FY) 2024 and 2025....
February 16, 2024