- Associated Press - Friday, February 28, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Updated budget projections show Utah will have $58 million more than initially expected to cover costs for projects next year.

The legislature’s budget gurus delivered the news Friday so lawmakers know how much more money they can add to base figures already approved.

The new estimates mean there will be an additional $144 million for one-time use, such as construction projects

In addition, there will be $253 million extra money for ongoing programs.


The new projections change the overall budget of about $13.5 million by less than 1 percent.

The Republican Senate budget chairman Lyle Hillyard tampered down excitement about the additional money, saying legislators are already struggling to find enough to cover all the current requests in the budget.

The new state fiscal year begins July 1.