Needham asks Sen. Hillyard for museum and arts funding

If there is one lesson he has learned in his 30 years at the Utah State Legislature, Senator Lyle Hillyard said it is this: there is never enough General Fund money.

The Republican met with members of the Logan City Council on Tuesday and asked for input on what members feel is needed in the community. Councilman Gene Needham told the Senator Logan has nice museums but he would like the arts, and especially museums, expanded.

Hillyard said, unfortunately, he’s heard that request before.

“Do I take that money and build a museum,” Hillyard questioned hypothetically, “or do I treat five more children who have autism, or do I treat five people with mental illness, or do I do this or that? It’s a tough, tough decision to deal with.

“What we finally did in the legislature to help solve that problem, because we were having every community come up and want a little museum for them and funding for them, we give money to a museum group.”

He said that way the group itself decides how the museum money should be spent to benefit more people.

The Logan attorney serves as chairman of the Senate’s Executive Appropriations Committee and is often referred to as “The Budget Man.” Hillyard is seeking re-election to another four-year term this year.

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