Governor Gary Herbert was pushing $400 million to education next year. Turns out it was a false alarm, and he misspoke.
Read the SLTRIB article: Herbert backs away from $400 million promise for education boost
“A day after committing to as much as $400 million in new education dollars next year, Gov. Gary Herbert’s office backtracked Friday …”
“All told, K-12 spending during Herbert’s tenure has grown by $403 million, according to figures from legislative analysts. According to 2014 figures from the Census Bureau — the most recent numbers available — per pupil spending had fallen from $6,583 to $6.500 since Herbert took office.
Utah remains last in the nation in per pupil spending.
Herbert’s Democratic opponent, Mike Weinholtz, has criticized Herbert for not doing more for schools and says he would raise taxes on upper-income Utahns and stop funding colleges and universities with income taxes, instead shifting all of the money to public schools.”