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STATE URGED TO BOOST FUNDING FOR VO-ED

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The State Board of Education should boost funding for vocational and technical programs to provide opportunities for more students and attract new business to Utah, an official says.

Jack Higbee, executive director of the Utah Council on Vocational-Technical Education, said that despite low unemployment and inflation and the creation of 20,000 new jobs last year, Utah's economy remains flat."Most workers are professionals or those earning minimum or near-minimum wages, and we need more skilled workers making from $8 to $17 an hour, a pool that has been declining," he said.