federal budget

1:14 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Utah Counties Fear Elimination of PILT Funding

Funding from the federal PILT program helps counties provide services to large areas of federal land. This landscape is part of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Garfield County, Utah
Dan Bammes

UPDATE:  Representative Rob Bishop (R-UT1) met yesterday with House leadership, including Speaker John Boehner and budget committee chair Paul Ryan.  Bishop says he's been assured funding for the Payment in Lieu of Taxes program will be included in an upcoming appr0priations bill, though not in the combined spending bill the House will be voting on Wednesday.


  Members of Utah’s Congressional delegation are trying to save federal funding for rural counties. Losing it could hurt some counties badly. 

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Business & Labor
7:18 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Ogden-Hinckley Tower Stays For Now

Credit File:standard.net

The Ogden-Hinckley Airport Control Tower will stay in operation at least until June 15th following a last minute decision by the Federal Aviation Administration on Friday. Federal budget cuts due to sequestration are threatening 149 similar operations across the country because contractors run the towers. Royal Eccles is the airport manager in Ogden. He says his issue isn’t so much with Congress as it is with the FAA.

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4:03 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Matheson Says Both Parties to Blame for Sequestration

Democratic Utah Congressman Jim Matheson says sequestration or sweeping federal budget cuts that went into effect Friday are a collective failure of Congressional leadership in both parties. 

Representative Matheson says everyone in Congress agrees that 85 billion dollars of spending needs to be cut from the federal budget, but he says sequestration is not the way to do it. 

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9:54 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Utah Accountants and Conservative Lawmakers Pull the “Financial Fire Alarm”

State Representative Ken Ivory (R-West Jordan) speaking about what he calls a coming financial crisis. (February 12, 2013)

Accountants are urging the state to prepare for an economic crisis brought on by national debt. Conservative Utah lawmakers responded Tuesday by announcing legislation to assess the risks and develop contingency plans if federal funds disappear. 

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4:47 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

State House Speaker Calls for Plan to Wean Utah Off Federal Dollars

New members of the Utah House of Representatives are sworn into office on the first day of the 2013 legislative session.
Andrea Smardon

State House Speaker Rebecca Lockhart opened this year’s legislative session by calling on Utah to become less reliant on federal dollars.

Lockhart told House members that gridlock in Congress has a direct and immediate effect on Utah.

“It’s become increasingly apparent that the action or inaction of the federal government profoundly influences our success. We must have or implement a plan to get the state of Utah less reliant on federal revenue,” said Lockhart.

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