Gov. Herbert vetoes bills, early education funding
SALT LAKE CITY — Gov. Gary Herbert waited until just before his midnight Wednesday deadline to veto three bills and budget line items in three others passed by the 2016 Legislature.
"We had a late night last night," the governor's spokesman, Jon Cox, said. "The governor was working through things and constitutionally has until the day is over. … He took almost every minute of it."
The vetoes included $3 million for the K-3 early intervention program and $1.5 million for the UPSTART online preschool program, about a third of the overall funding approved this session for both programs.
The decision to reject some of the funding may be tied to the governor's re-election bid and the upcoming state GOP convention on April 23, University of Utah political science professor Tim Chambless said.