Herbert’s budget omits FLDS trust payment
Published: December 13, 2012 05:18PM
Updated: December 13, 2012 05:18PM
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Court appointed trust attorney Bruce Wisan shown during a November 2008 court hearing in St. George. Wisan is the court-appointed fiducary over the FLDS Church's United Effort Plan Trust. Trent Nelson/The Salt Lake Tribune; 11.14.2008

Gov. Gary Herbert’s new budget proposal released yesterday had a rather notable exception — for readers of this blog, anyway.

An approximately $5.6 million exception. That’s right, the proposal doesn’t set aside anything to pay the millions owed to Bruce Wisan, the administrator of the polygamous sect property trust once controlled by Warren Jeffs, and his attorneys.

A judge ordered Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff to make the payment (though the taxpayer money would eventually be repaid).

Shurtleff asked for the money in his budget request, said deputy spokesman Ryan Bruckman, but the governor didn’t include it in his proposal.

The Utah Board of Examiners, which is made up of the governor, attorney general, and state auditor, will now hear the request on Tuesday and decide whether to recommend the Legislature pay it.