Pyfer says this session has been good for education spending

Logan’s Tami Pyfer, Education Adviser to Gov. Gary Herbert, said Thursday on KVNU’s For The People the current legislative session has been a more friendly one toward education funding.

“The issues are bigger but there are not as many of them. It seems like we’re not tracking as many bills, but the ones we are watching have higher stakes.”

She said there has been a very positive shift in thinking throughout the state toward public education funding the last two years.

“I attribute that to Sen. (Lyle) Hillyard’s style in managing the Public Education Appropriations Committee, bringing some really pertinent issues to the top of our agenda.”

A change Pyfer has noticed in the current session is the debate shifting from “if more funding is needed in education to what is the best way to get those additional dollars.”

Regarding the education funding bill she said with the new revenue numbers announced late last week she expects it will come in very close to what Gov. Herbert recommended in his budget for both public and higher education.

“That is the number one bill we are watching and we have heard talk in the hallways that the legislature might do more, which would be fantastic.”

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