SALT LAKE CITY -- Determined to avoid the last-second rush, state lawmakers are tweaking the final details of a $13 billion budget.
Officials from the House and Senate both confirmed Thursday that most of the details of the 2014 spending plan have been worked out. They expect to finalize those details before the weekend.
The 2013 legislative session ends Thursday.
An early look at those details, provided from a GOP House caucus sheet released Thursday afternoon, shows funding for a new juvenile court in Ogden, money for construction design for a new science lab at Weber State University, funding for Falcon Hill at Hill Air Force Base and money for the Utah Defense Alliance, a group organized to support military missions and industry in the state.
Funding for education, done using a weighted pupil unit, is also set to go up 2 percent, with a $50 million infusion in educational funding.
The proposed budget has $1.5 million set aside for keeping state liquor stores open.
House Speaker Rebecca Lockhart, R-Provo, said with the initial release of what will be funded, it will be a busy 24 to 48 hours. She cautioned that nothing is final for now.
"Once this list is released, phone calls, emails and messages will start coming in. We know that will happen in the next 24 hours," Lockhart said.
Sen. Jerry Stevenson, R-Layton, said lawmakers have closed a $40 million gap between priorities set by legislative committees and projected revenues.
"We're headed toward a balanced budget. We are very close," Stevenson said about finalizing details.
However, he went out of his way to point out that some of the finer points in the final budget could change in the next 24 hours.
House and Senate leaders met late into the evening Wednesday and again Thursday morning to go over the fine points.
Gov. Gary Herbert also weighed in on the subject briefly during a Thursday news conference. He said there are more demands than available funds this year. He expressed confidence the final budget will find the optimal use of tax dollars.
"I expect we'll fund education and some STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs. I think we'll find a well-rounded, balanced approach to the budget."