Hillyard pleased that the Utah legislature was able to uncover $40 million in unused funds

FILE PHOTO - The Utah State Capitol is viewed Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, in Salt Lake City. Utah lawmakers kick off their 45-day legislative session Monday with an endless stream of budget meetings and little bit of pomp and circumstance before diving deep into hundreds of bills. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

As the chairman of the Utah legislature’s executive appropriations committee, Senator Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan, says he is constantly going over the budget looking for money that may have been appropriated but then not used. On Monday, Hillyard was delighted to find a whopping $40 million that falls into that category.

<span data-mce-mark=”1″>”They were non-lapsing balances, or programs that expired, whatever,” he explained. “That really tells a good tell of the effectiveness of this budget process we’re going through.</span>

“Forty-million dollars takes care of the deficit we started the session with in the general fund. Or it could be used to pay the growth in medicaid, its natural growth because of more people.”

Hillyard said that discovering the extra money is a tribute to hard-working legislators who take the process seriously and closely examined department budgets.

“I know, in talking to chairs, they located other funds they haven’t specifically identified that they will be able to use as they start building their budgets.”

Hillyard’s comments on the $40 million dollars were aired on KVNU’s for the People program Monday.

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