Amendment G

The 2021 Utah Legislature rings in the session on January 19. A preview shows lawmakers are prepared to come through with all the Amendment G election promises for education funding.

Voters on Tuesday approved a fundamental change to how public education is funded. Although the results are still unofficial, as of Thursday, Constitutional Amendment G has a 54% voter approval. KPCW’s Leslie Thatcher has details on what the change will do and why some say it’s a bad rap for education.

Amendment G - the education proposal was one of 7 constitutional amendments on Tuesday’s ballot and the most controversial.

While the state income tax has been growing every year, the state’s sales and gas taxes which fund the other government funds, have not.



Voters will decide on a constitutional amendment which would change the way education is funded in Utah. Since the 1940’s, K through 12 education has been the recipient of revenues from state income taxes. In the mid 90’s higher education was added on to that income tax earmark.

In the past two years, legislators have suggested seven amendments to the state’s constitution, ranging in hunting and fishing rights to the legislative start date. 

One of the amendments — Amendment G — could change the use of income tax revenue. As it stands, the Utah constitution limits income tax revenue spending only to public education and higher education spending.