SALT LAKE CITY -- Local lawmakers made a pitch for funding a variety of Top of Utah programs Tuesday before a legislative committee.
The projects range from money for an air show at Hill Air Force Base to funding for the Utah Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.
Members of the Business, Economic Development and Labor Appropriations Subcommittee have been asked to consider funding in the 2014 fiscal year for the following regional projects:
* Rep. Curt Oda, R-Clearfield, petitioned $150,000 for an air show at Hill in 2014.
* Two different funding requests for the building of a new pioneer museum in Henefer and the relocation of an existing log cabin museum in the community.
Rep. Mel Brown, R-Coalville, has requested $150,000 in funding for the new museum and $15,000 to relocate the cabin.
* $50,000 in funding for the Utah Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, inside Ogden's Union Station. Rep. Stephen Handy, R-Layton, said the funding would allow the museum to continue to acquire western artifacts as well as purchase computers and locking file cases.
* $35,000 for the Box Elder Boys & Girls Club building. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has donated the old seminary building next to Bear River High School, and community leaders want to place the club, a women's crisis center and a family support center in the structure.
Rep. Lee Perry, R-Brigham City, said the building cannot accommodate all three services in its current state. He expects the community to match the request being made of the state.
Overall, committee members heard 10 separate presentations in the morning meeting and are expected to consider 53 separate requests in the coming days.
Committee members are expected to prioritize the projects for potential funding as budget estimates are released later this month. State analysts are expected to release projected revenue numbers Monday, said Sen. Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan, who chairs the Senate's Appropriations Committee.
The air show drew the most committee response.
Kevin Ireland, air show organizer, said officials are hoping to secure $150,000 in state funding this year and next in anticipation of the 2014 show.
Ireland estimates it will cost $450,000 overall to put on the show.
Rep. Jim Bird, R-West Jordan, said he found the increasing dependency on state funds a tough pill to swallow.
Ireland estimates the show has a $4.2 million impact on the state and draws 400,000 to 500,000 visitors.