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Utah gov satisfied with bonuses explanation

Utah gov satisfied with bonuses explanation



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A spokeswoman for Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says his concerns over a decision by the state's trust lands administration to accelerate the payment of bonuses for its top executives have been addressed.

Herbert last week said the decision was "just not good form" amid tough economic times and a legislative ban on bonuses.

The School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration has said it moved up the payments to June so they would fall during the 2009 fiscal year. The agency says it was honoring previous commitments made to its executives.

State lawmakers had eliminated ongoing funding for bonuses while drafting the budget for the 2010 fiscal year, which started July 1.

Herbert spokeswoman Angie Welling says Herbert met Tuesday with agency executives and was satisfied with the explanation that the agency was fulfilling obligations made before the legislative ban.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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