Homelessness, Olympic bid get a piece of $16.7B Utah budget

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah lawmakers are using their last two days of the legislative session to finalize a $16.7 billion budget plan that includes $10 million to help tackle homelessness and $8.5 million to get the state’s Winter Olympics facilities ready to bid for the games again.

Surplus tax collections last year gave Utah lawmakers an extra $453 million to put toward the budget, along with $128 million for one-time projects like construction. That doesn’t include about $80 million extra the state is expected to collect because of the major overhaul of the nation’s tax code passed by Congress in December.

Lawmakers have one last budget meeting scheduled for late Wednesday afternoon and will cast final votes on the budget before adjourning at midnight Thursday.