2016 Legislative Session Results

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REPORT ON THE 2016 UTAH LEGISLATIVE SESSION

The 2016 Legislative Session was excellent for the University of Utah. Thanks to President Pershing’s outstanding leadership and the positive outreach of our university advocates, we were able to secure a two-percent performance-based compensation increase plus the additional cost of benefits for faculty and staff. Additionally, we are pleased to report the University received approval to commence the planning and design of the Medical Education and Discovery Complex.

 

SUCCESSES FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF UTAH 

  • 2% performance-based compensation increase plus an appropriation for the increased cost in benefits
  • Intent language to allow the University to begin planning and design for the Medical Education and Discovery/Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Approval to bond up to $50M to construct the David Eccles School of Business Executive Education Building
  • $8.8M in one-time funding for the Regents Scholarship program
  • $5M in one-time funding for Performance-Based Funding of which will be distributed by formula to all institutions of higher education
  • $5M in ongoing funding for Market Demand Programs which will be distributed by formula to all institutions of higher education (UofU estimate $1.8M ongoing)
  • $1.8M from last year’s Engineering Initiative funding
  • $1.5M in ongoing funding for the University of Utah and Dixie State University Healthcare Partnership program
  • $1.5M in ongoing funding for Strategic Workforce Amendments (SB103)
  • $1.2M in one-time funding for the Huntsman Cancer Institute
  • $1M in one-time funding for the Utah Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Initiative
  • $500,000 in one-time funding for the College of Dentistry
  • $300,000 in ongoing funding for the Accelerated Foreign Language Course (SB152)
  • $116,000 in ongoing funding and $54,000 in one-time funding for the Reading Clinic
  • $200,000 in one-time funding for the Natural History Museum of Utah
  • $6,271,200 in ongoing funding for capitol improvements