SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah legislative leaders are close to approving a final state budget that includes cuts to the Department of Corrections and closes some liquor stores.
Sen. Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan, says the budget will be essentially flat, although about $80 million is saved with targeted cuts.
A Thursday Executive Appropriations Meeting to approve the budget was canceled and is now scheduled for today.
Among other things, those cuts would mean the release of up to 380 prisoners from the state prison and the closure of at least three state liquor stores.
The full Legislature will vote on the budget and decide on bonding for new buildings next week.
House Majority Whip Greg Hughes, R-Draper, says there is no support from the House Republicans for bonding.