- Associated Press - Friday, December 19, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Republican Gov. Gary Herbert is disputing a report from Utah’s state auditor this week that found federal money is the state’s largest single revenue source.

Herbert’s spokesman Marty Carpenter said in a statement late Thursday that the report is misleading and unfair because it treats various federal funds as one $4 billion source compared with individual state funds. State funds combined total about $9 billion.

Republican Auditor John Dougall’s report shows federal money accounts for 25 percent of Utah’s revenue.

Carpenter says those federal funds return money to Utah that residents send to Washington, D.C., in taxes.

Dougall’s office says in a statement that no other entity provides more to Utah than the federal government. The office stand behind the audit.

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