State lawmakers split over need for federal aid

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, Utah’s economy is growing. Fewer than 4% of state residents are unemployed. Lawmakers are expecting a budget surplus of $1.5 billion from income and sales tax revenue. That’s a lot of money for a state of roughly 3 million people. “It’s hard to believe, quite honestly,” said Utah state Senate President Stuart Adams, a Republican. Not all states have fared so well. While tax revenue increased in about half of states during the pandemic last year, it fell in the other half, according to the Urban Institute, a left-leaning think tank based in Washington, D.C. The…

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