(KCPW News) It took less than a minute from the crack of the gavel opening the Senate Education Committee meeting this morning for the unanimous approval of a bill to give the Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative $10 million for recruitment. Committee Chairman Sen. Curt Bramble said the bill sends a message that Utah is looking for talent.
"So we want to send a very clear message to the marketplace that we are committed to USTAR, that it is a viable, ongoing program and that we're going to make certain it's funded," Bramble said. "That's what this bill is all about and that's why it flew out of committee bipartisan, and unanimous."
Bramble said the expedited hearing will help counteract the chilling effect of more than $4 million in cuts to the program. He said neighboring states have top-notch researchers laid off from similar programs because of budget cuts, giving Utah an opportunity to benefit from the economic downturn by snatching them up. However, a funding source for the $10 million dollars is still undetermined.