Take 2 – Governor’s $20 billion budget, tax referendum, inland port ruling & more

Take 2 guests Maura Carabello, of The Exoro Group, and Utah Sen. Dan McCay (Riverton-Dist. 41), talk with 2News Heidi Hatch about politics in Utah.

The Friday discussion led off with former Take 2 guest, Greg Hughes, joining the gubernatorial race. The first debate of the candidates vying for Utah’s head of the executive branch took place in St. George.

The panel analyzed if there’s enough money to go around and how the candidates are going to have to position themselves to stand out.

Other topics discussed included:

  • Governor’s Budget – $20 Billion, which included a freeze on higher education tuition and an earmark of $18.6 million for extended day Kindergarten, The budget increased per pupil spending by 4.5% increase, though the State Board of Education wanted  6%. Another earmark was $100 million for air quality and $20 million for affordable housing.
  • Tax Referendum: Harmons opens stores to signature gathering.
  • Inland Port ruling: Big loss for Salt Lake City?