BUDGET - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/BUDGET News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Budget office: Wage boost would cost firms $15B http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57832794-79/budget-office-wage-billion.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57832794-79/budget-office-wage-billion.html.csp">Budget office: Wage boost would cost firms $15B</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By ALAN FRAM</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-17T13:14:02.223-06:00">Updated Apr 17, 2014 01:14PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • A Senate Democratic bill gradually increasing the federal minimum wage to $10.10 hourly would require private businesses to spend $15 billion more in salaries when it takes full effect in 2017, the Congressional Budget Office estimated Thursday. The nonpartisan budget office’s estimate could be used as ammunition by Republicans, who largely oppose the measure because they say it would drive up business costs. But it could also be beneficial to Democrats because the private sector sp...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-578327942014-04-17T13:14:02.223-06:00" id="#license-2014-04-17T13:14:02.223-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57832794@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:14:02 MDT Chances of getting audited by IRS lowest in years http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57817776-79/irs-koskinen-budget-audited.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57817776-79/irs-koskinen-budget-audited.html.csp">Chances of getting audited by IRS lowest in years</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-15T08:53:16.498-06:00">Updated Apr 15, 2014 08:53AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • As millions of Americans race to meet Tuesday’s tax deadline, their chances of getting audited are lower than they have been in years. Budget cuts and new responsibilities are straining the Internal Revenue Service’s ability to police tax returns. This year, the IRS will have fewer agents auditing returns than at any time since at least the 1980s. Taxpayer services are suffering, too, with millions of phone calls to the IRS going unanswered. “We keep going after the people who look ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-578177762014-04-15T08:53:16.498-06:00" id="#license-2014-04-15T08:53:16.498-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57817776@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:53:16 MDT Republicans gather, rip ‘Obamacare’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57812084-68/presidential-care-health-law.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57812084-68/presidential-care-health-law.html.csp">Republicans gather, rip ‘Obamacare’</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By STEVE PEOPLES</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-12T21:16:02.101-06:00">Updated Apr 12, 2014 09:16PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Manchester, N.H. • Republicans eyeing the 2016 White House race battered President Barack Obama’s health care law and nicked each other Saturday, auditioning before a high-profile gathering of conservatives that some political veterans said marked the campaign’s unofficial start. A speaking program packed with potential presidential candidates weighed in on the House Republicans’ controversial budget, the party’s struggle with Hispanics, the GOP’s future and the upcoming midterm elections while...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-578120842014-04-12T21:16:02.101-06:00" id="#license-2014-04-12T21:16:02.101-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57812084@www.sltrib.com Sat, 12 Apr 2014 21:16:02 MDT ’Obamacare’ under attack as conservatives eye 2016 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home3/57811641-200/presidential-care-health-law.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home3/57811641-200/presidential-care-health-law.html.csp">’Obamacare’ under attack as conservatives eye 2016</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By STEVE PEOPLES</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-12T16:39:05.4-06:00">Updated Apr 12, 2014 04:39PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Manchester, N.H. • Republicans eyeing the 2016 White House race battered President Barack Obama’s health care law and nicked each other Saturday, auditioning before a high-profile gathering of conservatives that some political veterans said marked the campaign’s unofficial start. A speaking program packed with potential presidential candidates weighed in on the House Republicans’ controversial budget, the party’s struggle with Hispanics, the GOP’s future and the upcoming midterm elections while ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57811641@www.sltrib.com Sat, 12 Apr 2014 16:39:05 MDT New ‘face,’ but some old problems for ‘Obamacare’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home3/57809365-200/health-care-obama-law.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home3/57809365-200/health-care-obama-law.html.csp">New ‘face,’ but some old problems for ‘Obamacare’</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-11T21:05:45.298-06:00">Updated Apr 11, 2014 09:05PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Abruptly on the spot as the new face of “Obamacare,” Sylvia Mathews Burwell faces steep challenges, both logistical and political. Burwell, until now White House budget director, was named by President Barack Obama on Friday to replace Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who oversaw the messy rollout of the health care overhaul. Now the new secretary must keep the complex program running smoothly and somehow help restore a cooperative dialogue with Republicans who...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57809365@www.sltrib.com Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:05:45 MDT House passes Ryan budget with big cuts http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57804241-68/budget-republicans-cuts-health.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57804241-68/budget-republicans-cuts-health.html.csp">House passes Ryan budget with big cuts</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By ANDREW TAYLOR</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-10T19:45:37.6-06:00">Updated Apr 10, 2014 07:45PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • House Republicans rallied behind a slashing budget blueprint on Thursday, passing a non-binding but politically imposing measure that promises a balanced federal ledger in 10 years with sweeping budget cuts and termination of health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act. The 219-205 vote on the budget outline takes a mostly symbolic swipe at the government’s chronic deficits. Follow-up legislation to actually implement the cuts isn’t in the offing. Twelve Republicans opposed ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-578042412014-04-10T19:45:37.6-06:00" id="#license-2014-04-10T19:45:37.6-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57804241@www.sltrib.com Thu, 10 Apr 2014 19:45:37 MDT Sebelius resigns as health and human services secretary http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57804276-68/sebelius-health-obama-insurance.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57804276-68/sebelius-health-obama-insurance.html.csp">Sebelius resigns as health and human services secretary</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Michael D. Shear</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The New York Times</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-10T20:18:55.858-06:00">Updated Apr 10, 2014 08:18PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington - Kathleen Sebelius, the health and human services secretary, is resigning, ending a stormy five-year tenure marred by the disastrous rollout of President Barack Obama’s signature legislative achievement, the Affordable Care Act. Obama accepted Sebelius’ resignation this week, and Friday morning he will nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, to replace her, officials said. The departure comes as the Obama administration tries to move bey...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57804276@www.sltrib.com Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:18:55 MDT House passes Ryan budget with big cuts http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57801771-68/budget-cuts-republicans-future.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57801771-68/budget-cuts-republicans-future.html.csp">House passes Ryan budget with big cuts</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By ANDREW TAYLOR</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-10T14:26:58.226-06:00">Updated Apr 10, 2014 02:26PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • House Republicans rallied behind a slashing budget blueprint on Thursday, passing a non-binding but politically imposing measure that promises a balanced federal ledger in 10 years with sweeping budget cuts and termination of health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act. The 219-205 vote on the budget outline takes a mostly symbolic swipe at the government’s chronic deficits. Follow-up legislation to actually implement the cuts isn’t in the offing. Twelve Republicans opposed t...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-578017712014-04-10T14:26:58.226-06:00" id="#license-2014-04-10T14:26:58.226-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57801771@www.sltrib.com Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:26:58 MDT Loaded with deep cuts, Ryan’s budget passes House committee http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57766829-68/budget-cuts-plan-care.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57766829-68/budget-cuts-plan-care.html.csp">Loaded with deep cuts, Ryan’s budget passes House committee</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By ANDREW TAYLOR</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-02T22:01:14.559-06:00">Updated Apr 2, 2014 10:01PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • A budget plan stuffed with familiar proposals to cut across a wide swath of the federal budget breezed through the House Budget Committee on Wednesday, but its sharp cuts to health care coverage for the middle class and the poor, food stamps and popular domestic programs are a nonstarter with President Barack Obama. The Republican-controlled committee approved the plan by a party-line vote after swatting away numerous Democratic attempts to ease its cuts. The plan by Rep. Paul Ryan,...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-577668292014-04-02T22:01:14.559-06:00" id="#license-2014-04-02T22:01:14.559-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57766829@www.sltrib.com Wed, 02 Apr 2014 22:01:14 MDT Ryan’s budget cuts Medicaid, food stamps, dumps health care law http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57760855-68/budget-ryan-spending-care.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57760855-68/budget-ryan-spending-care.html.csp">Ryan’s budget cuts Medicaid, food stamps, dumps health care law</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By JONATHAN WEISMAN</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The New York Times</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-01T20:53:28.388-06:00">Updated Apr 1, 2014 08:53PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • The unveiling Tuesday of Rep. Paul Ryan’s newest Republican budget may have redrawn the battle lines for the 2014 election, detailing what his party could do with complete control of Congress and allowing Democrats to broaden the political terrain beyond health care and the narrower issues of the minimum wage and unemployment benefits. Ryan, the House Budget Committee chairman and a possible White House contender in 2016, laid out a budget plan that cuts $5 trillion in spending ove...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57760855@www.sltrib.com Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:53:28 MDT Ryan unveils House GOP budget claiming balance http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57758472-68/budget-cuts-ryan-medicare.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57758472-68/budget-cuts-ryan-medicare.html.csp">Ryan unveils House GOP budget claiming balance</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By ANDREW TAYLOR</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-01T18:04:34.247-06:00">Updated Apr 1, 2014 06:04PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan unveiled an updated Republican budget plan Tuesday that would slash $5.1 trillion in federal spending over coming decade and promises to balance the government’s books with wide-ranging cuts in programs like food stamps and government-paid health care for the poor and working class. Ryan’s plan would also cut Pell Grants for low-income students and pensions for federal workers, while steering away from cuts to benefits for senior citizens, a...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-577584722014-04-01T18:04:34.247-06:00" id="#license-2014-04-01T18:04:34.247-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57758472@www.sltrib.com Tue, 01 Apr 2014 18:04:34 MDT The Washington Post: Fixing the ‘doc fix’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57735497-82/doc-fix-pay-permanent.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57735497-82/doc-fix-pay-permanent.html.csp">The Washington Post: Fixing the ‘doc fix’</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-28T01:01:04.768-06:00">Updated Mar 28, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Of all the manifestations of Washington dysfunction, none is more absurd than the annual “doc fix.” The origins of the problem lie in a 1997 attempt by Congress to rein in Medicare physician reimbursements. Lawmakers devised a “sustainable growth rate” that was supposed to link payments to doctors’ costs and workload. Alas, the growth rate perversely encouraged excessive tests and procedures; when it actually began to reduce physicians’ pay rates significantly in 2003, medical lobbies got it t...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57735497@www.sltrib.com Fri, 28 Mar 2014 01:01:04 MDT With engagement rings, love meets budget http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57499791-79/diamond-ring-percent-engagement.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57499791-79/diamond-ring-percent-engagement.html.csp">With engagement rings, love meets budget</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By TARA SIEGEL BERNARD</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> New York Times News Service</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-20T10:02:02.309-06:00">Updated Mar 20, 2014 10:02AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Ilona Kaprovsky, a 24-year-old New Yorker who works in finance, said she didn’t initially think she wanted a diamond as the centerpiece of her engagement ring - a lab-grown stone like a white sapphire, or even cubic zirconia, would be just fine. Besides, who would know the difference? But she eventually warmed to the idea when she and her boyfriend, Justin Veach, 28, started to talk about it more seriously. “During the process of buying the ring, we both were weighing what the value of the ring...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57499791@www.sltrib.com Thu, 20 Mar 2014 10:02:02 MDT Letter: With Lockhart foolishness out of the way, let’s get serious about education http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57670690-82/education-initiative-lockhart-technology.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57670690-82/education-initiative-lockhart-technology.html.csp">Letter: With Lockhart foolishness out of the way, let’s get serious about education</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-15T01:01:05.237-06:00">Updated Mar 15, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Viewing expensive technology as the magic bullet for education is a questionable assumption to begin with. But the scale of Speaker Becky Lockhart’s $300 million proposal politically distorted the funding and policy-making processes in public education, excluded most stake holders and pointedly ignored various pressing needs that should also be addressed. Now that her technology initiative mercifully has been put to rest (“With Lockhart ed-tech plan out, lawmakers make budget deal,” Tribune, M...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57670690@www.sltrib.com Sat, 15 Mar 2014 01:01:05 MDT Letter: $30 million is ‘change out of couch cushions’? Only in Lockhart’s couch http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57672332-82/couch-lockhart-cushions-budget.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57672332-82/couch-lockhart-cushions-budget.html.csp">Letter: $30 million is ‘change out of couch cushions’? Only in Lockhart’s couch</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-15T01:01:05.88-06:00">Updated Mar 15, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">So $30 million is like “change out of the couch cushions”? (“With Lockhart ed-tech plan out, lawmakers make budget deal,” Tribune, March 10) Maybe in your world, House Speaker Lockhart, maybe in your world. Kathy Smith Salt Lake City</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57672332@www.sltrib.com Sat, 15 Mar 2014 01:01:05 MDT Editorial: Utah education funds barely keep up with the need http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57682876-82/education-utah-state-additional.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57682876-82/education-utah-state-additional.html.csp">Editorial: Utah education funds barely keep up with the need</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-14T18:05:02.242-06:00">Updated Mar 14, 2014 06:05PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">While Utah’s colleges and universities had many of their budget wishes granted by the state Legislature, public education — kindergarten through 12th grade — will continue shortchanged, as it has for years, with little to no additional funding. In the legislative session just ended, a huge amount of money — accounting for nearly half the state budget — was allocated to public education. But, although lawmakers like to boast about their commitment to schools, additional money will, again, merel...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57682876@www.sltrib.com Fri, 14 Mar 2014 18:05:02 MDT Education, prisons fare well in Utah budget plan http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57678636-90/budget-dollars-education-lawmakers.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57678636-90/budget-dollars-education-lawmakers.html.csp">Education, prisons fare well in Utah budget plan</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Robert Gehrke</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-14T19:30:45.226-06:00">Updated Mar 14, 2014 07:30PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Utah lawmakers touted substantial increases in state spending for public education programs in the $13.5 billion budget for the coming fiscal year passed this week. “Education was, is and always will be our top priority,” said Senate budget chairman Lyle Hillyard. Lawmakers provided $62 million to pay to educate the 10,300 new students expected to enroll in Utah schools next year, and another $62 million to increase Utah’s last-in-the nation per-pupil spending. “I appreciate as we prioritize tho...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57678636@www.sltrib.com Fri, 14 Mar 2014 19:30:45 MDT U.S. budget deficit hits $193B in Febuary, down 24% from 2013 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57677176-68/deficit-billion-budget-february.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57677176-68/deficit-billion-budget-february.html.csp">U.S. budget deficit hits $193B in Febuary, down 24% from 2013</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By MARTIN CRUTSINGER</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> AP Economics Writer</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-13T12:42:02.352-06:00">Updated Mar 13, 2014 12:42PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • The U.S. government is running a deficit that is 23.6 percent lower than in the same period a year ago through the first five months of this budget year, another sign of improvement in the nation’s finances. In its monthly budget report, the Treasury Department says the deficit for February totaled $193.5 billion, the largest monthly imbalance in a year. The government traditionally runs large deficits in February, a month when it is sending out tax refund payments. For the period f...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-576771762014-03-13T12:42:02.352-06:00" id="#license-2014-03-13T12:42:02.352-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57677176@www.sltrib.com Thu, 13 Mar 2014 12:42:02 MDT Letter: Why re-elect legislators who disagree on best way to deprive poor? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57659595-82/budget-deprive-pass-poor.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57659595-82/budget-deprive-pass-poor.html.csp">Letter: Why re-elect legislators who disagree on best way to deprive poor?</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-12T01:01:03.241-06:00">Updated Mar 12, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Now I’ve seen everything: Utah, supposedly the “best fiscally managed state” in the nation, may not be able to pass a budget because Republicans can’t agree on the best way to deprive the working poor of medical care or rip off public education. It never ceases to amaze me why Utahns keep re-electing these idiots. Blair Bateman Provo</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57659595@www.sltrib.com Wed, 12 Mar 2014 01:01:03 MDT With Lockhart ed-tech plan out, lawmakers make budget deal http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57661332-90/budget-education-funding-initiative.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57661332-90/budget-education-funding-initiative.html.csp">With Lockhart ed-tech plan out, lawmakers make budget deal</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By XXXXXX</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-10T21:29:37.628-06:00">Updated Mar 10, 2014 09:29PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">House Speaker Becky Lockhart said she pulled the plug on her proposed $200 million initiative to put digital learning devices in the hands of every Utah school student when it became evident the Senate was unwilling to offer more than the “change out of the couch cushions.” Lockhart said during negotiations last week she made repeated offers, each smaller than the last, but the Senate Republican leaders were unwilling to give ground on her top policy objective. “It finally became apparent that ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57661332@www.sltrib.com Mon, 10 Mar 2014 21:29:37 MDT