Utah lawmakers have more money to work with this year and State School Board member Tami Pyfer says the governor and a lot of legislators have said they want to put more money into education. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Tuesday, Pyfer said last year lawmakers failed to fund the growth and this year there are 12,500 new students coming into the system.Pyfer said Democrats voted unanimously to have the base education budget automatically fund that growth. She says Republicans, however, voted unanimously against that.”I do understand some of their hesitation to some degree,” Pyfer said. “Some of the senators and representatives voiced concern that, as an elected official, they wanted to make sure that the budget process went through the typical process and that they were able to debate and consider.”Pyfer says as a former Logan City Councilmember she can see the need for process. But on the other hand, funding the growth in the education system should be considered a, “given.”
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