Rep. Brady Brammer, R-Highland, spoke at the Highland City Council meeting on Tuesday, providing an update on changes made in the 2022 Utah Legislative General Session that could affect the city.
“There’s a saying, never blame a legislative body for doing nothing because when it does nothing it hurts no one, when it does something it becomes dangerous,” Brammer said. “Unfortunately, there’s been a lot that’s been done this session…most of it is pretty positive.”
Brammer began his presentation by commending the State of Utah for its fiscal management and fiscal responsibility. Brammer said education funding per student increased by 6% and $248 million was paid into a stabilization account in hopes of maintaining a strong education fund.
“Because the education system relies heavily on income tax revenue, it’s a more variable source of revenue, so in 2008 when our economy fell, our education revenue went up. dropped significantly,” he said. “So what we’ve been trying to do is build a fund while times have been good since 2008.”
Brammer said $1.2 billion was allocated for transportation in the general session, much of which he said could be used in Utah County.
“Because Utah County is a high-growth area, it’s starting to rank very well in the transportation criteria that roads are going to be built for,” Brammer said. “Highland does have a state road which is SR 92, so we don’t see a lot of that…but the need for infrastructure in the northwest part of Utah County is quite significant.”
Brammer mentioned his success in passing the Utah Lake Authority Bill HB 232, which he sponsored alongside Senator Michael K. McKell. He said the Utah Lake Authority will be able to wield more influence than the Utah Lake Commission and will raise money from the state level rather than local budgets, as planned in the Utah Lake Commission. ‘origin.
“It’s a tighter group that has a lot more local control than the commission had,” Brammer said. “And so really what we get with this authority is the ability to have more pressure on the lake from a local voice with more state funding. We did well on this one.
Brammer, who is also a lawyer, represents Highland, Pleasant Grove, Cedar Hills and Alpine in Home District 27, which will soon become District 54 under new boundaries.
“I’m still recovering and processing whatever happens during the session,” Brammer said. “It’s a fast 45 days, but it’s a busy 45 days.”