SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah officials are backing off support of a Latino Day event at the state Capitol in anticipation of intense debate about immigration.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports the state's ethnic affairs office sent an e-mail Wednesday saying it also considered budget reductions in its decision.
Organizers of the event say they are confused as to why the immigration debate would be a contributing factor, but they took the note to mean they could still schedule the event without the state contributing money.
The state was to contribute $500. The event was to include a band performing the national anthem, food and drinks and a chance for Hispanic leaders to meet lawmakers.
Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com