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No tax reduction

1. The Senate stubbornly refused to go along with either a sales tax reduction or a reduction in income tax rates, killing any form of tax reduction. A $19 million tax cut had been at the top of Gov. Norm Bangerter's priority list. See page A1.No property tax cap

2. Bangerter also didn't get a cap on property taxes - another of his top priorities. The House botched an attempt to introduce the bill there, and the Senate waited until the last moment to try. The bill had only lukewarm legislative support anyway.See page A1.

Pay raises

3. Almost everyone in state government, from Bangerter to snow removal crews, will be seeing fatter paychecks. The Legislature approved pay raises for school teachers, public employees, judges, university faculty and elected officials in the executive branch.

See page A1.

Spending limit passes

4. Lawmakers will be now forced to limit the growth of government. Under the provisions of a spending limitation law, state spending can grow no faster than population plus inflation.

See page A1.

Lawmakers bond for $52 million

5. Senators didn't like it, but lawmakers finally approved a $52 million bonding package that will, among other things, complete the regional prison in Gunnison and clean up radioactive tailings. The bill was passed with but two minutes remaining in the session.

See page A6.

$2 million a year for Olympic facilities

6. Lawmakers threw their unqualified support behind Salt Lake City's bid to capture the bid to be host for the 1998 or 2002 Winter Olympics. They also pledged to contribute 1/64th of the sales tax - about $2 million a year, to be matched by $2 million from local government - to construct sporting facilities for the Games.

See page A9.

Support for new Jazz arena

7. The state will kick into the pot about $500,000 to help construct a new arena for the Utah Jazz. And lawmakers were emphatic in their commitment to keep the Jazz in Utah.See page A9.

Funding for hazardous waste cleanup

8. Environmental issues were on a front burner throughout the session. The Legislature appropriated $3 million to clean up hazardous waste sites, raised the fee charged for disposing of hazardous waste in Utah from $9 per ton to $20 for out-of-state dumpers, and it created an insurance fund to cover cleanup costs of leaking underground fuel tanks.See page A6.

`Zero tolerance' for drugs

9. Kids who get caught abusing drugs or alcohol will now lose all driving privileges for six months, even a year for a second offense. That was one bill of several "zero tolerance" drug and alcohol measures - many of them aimed at teenagers - passed by the Legislature.

Room tax stays; ski resort tax break fails

10. The Legislature didn't eliminate Salt Lake City's 1 percent transient room tax, nor did it give a sales tax break to the owners of ski resorts who invest in new chair lifts and snow-making machines.See pages A7, A9.

Budget highlights


No $19 million tax cut nor a property tax freeze as Gov. Norm Bangerter wanted.


State workers will get a 2 percent cost-of-living increase.

Governor will get a 17 percent increase.


A 3 percent increase in the weighted pupil unit to support salary raises, and 1.1 percent growth in student numbers.

A 5 percent increase in the overall minimum school program - from $884 million in 1989 to $930 million in 1990.

A separate appropriation of $11.5 million for increased health insurance costs.


An overall increase of $12.6 million or 4.85 percent.

Growth by 1,697 students funded at $5.7 million

A 3 percent faculty-staff salary increase

A $1.5 million investment in economic development


$121,000 to pay for the AZT drug for patients with AIDS.

$300,000 to purchase diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough vaccines.

$300,000 for potential increase in nursing home case load.


A 3 percent increase in public assistance grants

$400,000 to reinstate adult dental program.

$460,000 for family support to aid those who keep handicapped a person at home.

$100,000 to increase income eligibility level for one-person households buying into Medicaid.


$11.3 million to cover basic program funding for the Utah Division of Environmental Health.

New air quality funding is available.

About $200,000 the department wanted for additional water quality and solid waste planning wasn't appropriated.


Raises for judges at all levels from Supreme Court justices to justices of the peace.

$4.6 million for construction of a Sandy circuit court building.

$35,000 for a feasibility study of a new courts complex in Salt Lake.


$18 million to complete the Gunnison Regional Prison.

The Automatic Fingerprint Identification System, which will enable a police officer in Utah to compare a fingerprint found at the scene of a crime with 12 million fingerprint cards recorded in 11 Western states.