Governor Gary Herbert of Utah is planning a new budget that would spend nine billion dollars a year on education. The state is expecting to receive an extra three hundred and eighty two million dollars in tax revenue next year, and Governor Herbert wants to use the opportunity to help out students. Seventy two percent of that extra money will go towards education. The entire budget for next year, according to Governor Herbert’s plan, amounts to 16.7 billion dollars. He will give extra money to districts that have more kids who are at risk of academic failure.
It is not just traditional colleges and elementary schools that Governor Herbert wants to help. He plans on spending seven million dollars to help out vocational schools and trade schools. Utah is experiencing problems with its workforce and labor rate.
Governor Herbert explained that by going to trade school, students can spend less time in school, spend less money, and go into less debt and still be able to advance their lives and get a good career. He said he is calling next year The Year of Technical College Education.
He is not the only one to do so. Republicans in Congress have been working on a higher education bill that would reform the federal aid system to provide more aid to trade schools and vocational schools.