State to make additional cut to this year's budget

State to make additional cut to this year's budget

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The state's primary budget writing committee has agreed to slash this year's state budget by another 7.5 percent, while state agencies will face 15 percent cuts in the fiscal year beginning July 1.

The cuts agreed to Tuesday are on top of $354 million in spending lawmakers slashed from the budget during a special session in September.

No state agency will be spared under the spending plan the committee approved, which has cuts twice as large as those recommended by Gov. Jon Huntsman.

State lawmakers say that while the cuts may seem large, they could be smaller once new revenue estimates are released in February.

The recommendations were made the same day the state reported that it lost 11,500 jobs in the past year.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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