About what's happening here. Republicans have been complaining about the size of the stimulus endlessly for the last few weeks. Now the 'conservative' state legislature, comprised mainly of Republicans are going to use the stimulus money to cover themselves.
"I guess we're happy they weren't worse," said Senate President Michael Waddoups, R-Taylorsville. He said that, by tapping federal stimulus money and cutting programs, Utah lawmakers will be able to balance the budget without raising taxes, a step he added "could have been devastating."Some even directly say they are disappointed by the lack of a stock market bounce from the stimulus (as though that is somehow relevant), while getting ready to spend it to cover their own budget.
It would be hard for a Republican in Utah to complain about the stimulus package now, since it is covering them for their hole in the flat tax (oops, we didn't make enough money, even though everyone seems to be complaining about how much they're paying this year compared to last, long live regressive taxes, or something like that). But some are still trying, because they're conservative, or at least try to act like it.
Now that this "money stuff" is out of the way they can get back to the real important work of making sure gays can't legally do anything and all alcohol is behind no less than four curtains and a six inch concrete wall, because after all, these people have to get reelected on something, and it's probably not going to be the economy.