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Hillyard: national health care issues causing a lot of uncertainty with state budget

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Posted: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 5:45 am

The revenues so far look good according to State Senator Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan, who is the chairman of the senate's Executive Appropriations Committee. But on KVNU's Crosstalk program, Hillyard said there is a lot of uncertainty this year and it seems to be coming from the national level, mostly due to health care.

"For example, we have a sizable amount of money in new ongoing (funds)," Hillyard said, "but I would predict that almost all of it would go to help teachers and public employees with increased costs of retirement and health insurance.

"At the end of the day we may talk about just a one or two percent increase but by and large most of that will go to those hidden costs that they will have to pay to keep our retirement and health insurance programs on keel."

The 2014 session of the Utah legislature begins on January 27. He said there is more money to work with this year but when it comes to salaries of teachers and public employees much of any raise would go for insurance and retirement.

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