SALT LAKE CITY -- Minority leaders in Utah are urging state lawmakers to retain funding for the state Office of Ethnic Affairs.
The Daily Herald of Provo reports that representatives from minority groups told an appropriations subcommittee Tuesday the office was an important resource in a state with a growing minority population.
Attorney Roger Tsai is vice president of the Utah Asian Chamber of Commerce. He says closing the office sends the message that Utah doesn't value diversity.
Funding for the office has been eliminated in initial budget proposals with 7 percent across-the-board cuts. It could be restored as legislators allocate about $1 billion that remains.
Republican committee co-chairman Todd Kiser of Sandy told legislative leaders Monday that funding was eliminated while a restructuring of the office is negotiated.
Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldextra.com