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As legislative sessions go, the one that concluded Wednesday was really quite remarkable. Of course, having a $2 billion surplus helped.

Education received an enormous financial boost. Some educators still won't be satisfied, and some lawmakers may erroneously conclude they've solved the woes of education. In the end, though, no one should be complaining about what the legislature did this year for education.

The same goes for transportation - a billion dollar investment in the future. And yet, let's remember it remains a fraction of what will be needed in coming years to accommodate the growth Utah is experiencing.

Along with record spending, they enacted a record tax cut, while making significant changes to the state's system of taxation.

To their credit, they didn't get bogged down in innocuous message bills, and even made a bit of progress on ethics reform.

They did so much good it is a shame they adjourned with one huge blemish on their record - their failure to more completely help the neediest among us. An additional million dollars would have significantly shortened the waiting list for services among people with disabilities.

Other than that, count the 2007 General Session of the Utah Legislature among the most productive in recent history.

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