During the 2011 General Session, the Legislature passed SB229, Transportation Funding Revisions, sponsored by Senator Adams. The bill would divert 30¢ for every $1 of new sales tax revenue, around $60 million from the General Fund, into the Transportation Fund for highway construction beginning in 2013. The bill is indexed so, over time, funds earmarked for the Transportation Fund will grow to $250 million by FY2018. (For more information click here.)
Governor Herbert vetoed the bill because of his concern that earmarking the funds will decrease the legislature’s ability to fund other budget priorities, such as higher education, human services and economic development.
The Utah Legislature has called a Veto Override Session for THIS Friday, May 6th, and Legislators need your input!
Contact your house and senate legislator as well as the senators below to tell them to VOTE NO on the Veto Override of SB229.
To find your legislator go to www.congress.org and enter your address.
• Please vote no on the veto override of SB229.
• Budget flexibility is essential to ensure that the states critical needs, which change year to year, can be met.
• Difficult budget decisions must be made annually after thorough discussion of the programs that are also funded through the general fund, such as higher education, health and human services for Utah’s most vulnerable, and public safety.
Please let Elizabeth Garbe firstname.lastname@example.org know if you receive any feedback.
You are also invited to join United Way of Salt Lake, representatives from public and higher education in Utah, social service agencies and nonprofit organizations, to urge the Utah Legislature not to override Governor Herbert’s veto of SB229 at a press conference tomorrow.
Location: South steps of the Utah State Capitol
Date: Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Time: 10 a.m.
Senator Gene Davis Senator Ben McAdams
Home: 801-484-9428 Home: 801-618-1946
Cell: 801-647-8924 Work: 801-618-1946
Fax: 801-484-9442 Cell: 801-618-1946
Senator Karen Morgan Senator Allen Christensen
Home: 801-943-0067 Home: 801-782-5600
Work: 801-538-1406 email@example.com
Senator Lyle Hillyard Senator David Hinkins
Home: 435-753-0043 Home: 435-384-5550
Work: 435-752-2610 Work: 435-748-2828
Senator Scott Jenkins Senator Daniel Liljenquist
Home: 801-731-5120 Home: 801-294-2378
Work: 801-621-5412 firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Wayne Niederhauser Senator Ralph Okerlund
Home: 801-942-3398 Home: 435-527-3370
Work: 801-558-4766 Work: 435-527-3370
email@example.com Cell: 435-979-7077
Senator Aaron Osmond Senator Daniel Thatcher
Home: 801-253-6853 Cell: 801-759-4746
Work: 801-897-8127 firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Kevin VanTassell