BUSINESS + ECONOMY

Utah advocacy group offers ‘Pork Barrel Report’ outlining state spending

Dec 21, 2022, 5:53 PM
utah capitol, which had a fire set yesterday, is pictured...
FILE: Exterior of the Utah Capitol (Annie Barker/Deseret News)
(Annie Barker/Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — Saying it wants to boost government accountability and transparency, the Utah Taxpayers Association (the Association) is out with its new spending report, “The Pork Barrel.”

They said they’ve compiled this information to highlight the growth in Utah government spending over the past five years.

“General Fund and Education Fund spending,” the group said in a presentation on its website, “which is what the legislature has control over, has grown from $6,676,808,900 to $11,624,106,100 in 2023.” 

That’s an increase in government spending, the group said, of more than 74%. 

This report focused on one-time spending, ongoing spending, cultural and community engagement, transportation, and higher education buildings. The Association said that in years to come they will focus on other areas of state spending.

Ongoing general and education fund spending

Citing the state budgets between fiscal years 2018 and 2022, the Association noted an increase of nearly $5 billion in ongoing general and education fund spending, an increase of 74% in about 10% increments each year. Ongoing spending is made up of funds that lawmakers believe will be reoccurring each year.

One-time spending

Between the 2021 and 2022 general sessions of the Utah legislature, one-time spending totaled more than $6, 500,000,000. It increased by more than 38% between the two years. One-time spending is believed by lawmakers to be temporary, or, not ongoing.

Cultural and community engagement

The Association reported that spending on cultural and community engagement nearly tripled between the fiscal years 2018 and 2023, a 181% increase overall that averaged nearly 19% each year. 

The largest increase in this category went to arts and museums cultural grants and pass-through (when a business is not subject to the corporate income tax.)

While the Utah Taxpayer’s Association wants to boost Utah government spending transparency, there are already several existing resources. These include an online request form for appropriations, an online funding item follow-up report, and an online budget visualization tool.

Related reading:

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Today’s Top Stories

Business + Economy

A hiring sign is displayed in the window of a Panera Bread store in Pittsburgh on Monday, Jan. 23, ...
Paul R. La Monica, CNN

Jobs report to give further clues about where economy is headed

Economists predict that 185,000 jobs were added last month, a slowdown from the gain of 223,000 jobs in December and 263,000 in November.
16 hours ago
File**People walk past the entrance to a Bed Bath & Beyond retail store along Sixth Avenue in N...
Paul R. La Monica and Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN

Bed Bath & Beyond says it can no longer pay its debts

The end could be near for struggling retailer Bed Bath & Beyond, as it warned in a regulatory filing Thursday that it received a notice of default from its lender, JPMorgan Chase.
3 days ago
With 24 other states on board, the Utah Attorney General announced on Friday a lawsuit against a De...
Simone Seikaly

Utah leading a lawsuit against new ESG rule affecting 401(k) plans

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes said the states in the lawsuit are concerned about the federal government's promotion of ESG investing.
3 days ago
savings system right on the money...
Mark Jones

Economists are worried of a recession in 2023, financial expert weighs in

Many economists are fearing a recession in 2023 despite the U.S. economy ending last year better than expected.
4 days ago
A new service called Cottonwood Connect could address parking problems at the ski resorts in Big an...
Kate Davis and Simone Seikaly

Cottonwood Connect offers a new way to get up Cottonwood Canyons

The goal is to fill gaps left when UTA limited ski bus service. The shuttle will run Thursday through Sunday through mid-April.
4 days ago
The U.S. economy expanded at a 2.9% annual pace from October through December, ending 2022 with mom...
PAUL WISEMAN AP Economics Writer

US economy slowed but still grew at 2.9% rate last quarter

Most economists think the economy will slow further in the current quarter and slide into at least a mild recession by midyear.
4 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Banner with Cervical Cancer Awareness Realistic Ribbon...
Intermountain Health

Five Common Causes of Cervical Cancer – and What You Can Do to Lower Your Risk

January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness month and cancer experts at Intermountain Health are working to educate women about cervical cancer, the tests that can warn women about potential cancer, and the importance of vaccination.
Kid holding a cisco fish at winterfest...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Get Ready for Fun at the 2023 Bear Lake Monster Winterfest

The Bear Lake Monster Winterfest is an annual weekend event jam-packed full of fun activities the whole family can enjoy. This year the event will be held from January 27-29 at the Utah Bear Lake State Park Marina and Sunrise Resort and Event Center in Garden City, Utah. 
happy friends with sparklers at christmas dinner...
Macey's

15 Easy Christmas Dinner Ideas

We’ve scoured the web for you and narrowed down a few of our favorite Christmas dinner ideas to make your planning easy. Choose from the dishes we’ve highlighted to plan your meal or start brainstorming your own meal plan a couple of weeks before to make sure you have time to shop and prepare.
Spicy Homemade Loaded Taters Tots...
Macey's

5 Game Day Snacks for the Whole Family (with recipes!)

Try these game day snacks to make watching football at home with your family feel like a special occasion. 
Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...
Sorenson

The Best Tools for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Workplace Success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Team supporters celebrating at a tailgate party...
Macey's

8 Delicious Tailgate Foods That Require Zero Prep Work

In a hurry? These 8 tailgate foods take zero prep work, so you can fuel up and get back to what matters most: getting hyped for your favorite
Utah advocacy group offers ‘Pork Barrel Report’ outlining state spending