November 13, 2012 – The list of state expenditures that must be made next year just to keep up with expected increases in everything from the number of public school students to employee health insurance costs added up Tuesday to some $284 million. But, as members of the Legislature’s Executive Appropriations Committee were told, there’s only about $100 million more in new revenues anticipated in the budget year that begins July 1, 2013. “It’s very ominous. And I don’t say that to be negative. I say that because I think the people of Utah need to be aware of that,” House Speaker Becky Lockhart, R-Provo, said after the meeting. “This is not easy stuff. These are not easy decisions.” While $100 million in revenue growth is “a lot of money,” Lockhart said, it’s only about one-third of what’s going to be needed next year — and that’s before lawmakers even consider adding anything new to the budget.