Published Online: February 4, 2014
Published in Print: February 5, 2014, as Utah

State of the States

State of the States: Utah

Tom Smart/Deseret News/AP
Gov. Gary R. Herbert greets lawmakers before his 2014 State of the State address. The governor is urging lawmakers to add funding to boost teacher compensation, and is seeking new money for science, technology, engineering, and math education.

Gov. Gary R. Herbert (R)
Date of Speech:
Jan. 29

Saying he wants more high school students to complete computer science and information technology courses, Gov. Herbert called for $4.5 million in new funds for science, technology, engineering, and math education.

In his address to lawmakers, the Utah governor also requested $61.6 million in new funds to increase teacher compensation and $2 million to improve high school career counseling. He also described a forthcoming push to pass new legislation to create "report cards" for schools.

The governor also gave a nod to Utah 4th graders in attendance who helped persuade lawmakers to propose changing the state's official tree from the Colorado Blue Spruce to the Aspen.


Watch the Full Address

Vol. 33, Issue 20, Page 20

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