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Utah House unveils bare-bones ‘skinny’ budget plan that strips out most proposed new funding

House Speaker Brad Wilson confirmed Monday that House and Senate Republicans are at odds on how to proceed on the state’s budget after the collapse of a major tax reform proposal, and that the 2019 session could end Thursday with only a “skinny budget” in place — or potentially no agreement on new spending for public education and other state programs.

Speaking to members of the House Democratic Caucus, the Kaysville Republican said budget negotiations up to this point were based in the assumption a tax bill would pass, correcting an “imbalance” in the state’s coffers and freeing up hundreds of millions of dollars in unrestricted spending.