(KCPW News) An hour after it was scheduled to start yesterday, Utah Legislative leadership cancelled a meeting where they were expected to sign off on a $400 million cut to the state budget. Speaker of the House of Representatives David Clark says he'll take the blame for the delay.
"As we began reviewing some of this, it seemed to me that there was an opportunity for us to look at this, and to look at the education portion of this," Clark says. "And in so doing, I came back with a proposal and we've had a fairly good discussion here today."
Clark says his last-minute proposal will benefit public education and higher education. He was reluctant to talk about the details until the House Republican caucus had a chance to hear the proposal. He says the change would be significant, but not a major shift from the proposal that was expected to be approved yesterday.
"I think the ideas that we brought here made the budgets better," Clark says, "and we need to take that back to our caucuses, which we will do tomorrow. And hopefully have them go ahead and lend their support, once again."
The move is delaying by at least one day a process lawmakers had hoped to expedite to save the state from spending money it doesn't have, and to start working on next year's budget cuts as soon as possible.