- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 16, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - State lawmakers will need to find $115 million next year to cover 10,000 more students that are expected to be in public schools next fall.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/2fYRbEv ) that’s on top of $15 million Utah needs to cover higher-than-expected enrollment this year.

Despite the extra students, the growth in enrollment has slowed down, with the number of students growing about 1.5 percent next year. That’s half of what it was a decade ago.

To help pay for the new students, state budget analysts estimate Utah may get somewhere between $75 million and $265 million more in income tax collections next year. That money is required to be spent on education.

Officials are expected to get an updated estimate on the extra money next month.


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, https://www.sltrib.com

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