in the Utah Legislature say the money Gov. Mike Leavitt wants
to extricate from highway construction to patch state budget
shortfalls simply isn’t there, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.
One Republican lawmaker called the plan “road robbing.”
GOP House Caucus emphasized that money from the general fund
was needed to make debt payments on completed road projects
or projects under construction.
debts are already there,” House Majority Leader Greg Curtis
(R-Sandy), told The Tribune. “We legally have to pay
money Leavitt wants to transfer “is not there,” said Curtis.
Trying to spend it on programs would be like “those 12-months-free-interest
Gochnour, a spokeswoman for the governor’s office, told the
newspaper Leavitt’s plan to shift $84 million from highways
back to general operations is practical: “We’re not putting
any bond payment at risk.” She acknowledged, however, a possible
effect on future budgets.