DALLAS — The Utah Legislature opened its 2008 session in a remodeled capitol with $1 billion in new revenue to finance state operations, 1,200 bills to consider, and 45 days to complete the task.

Key finance issues include a major increase in education funding, as well as creating a more equitable formula for spreading tax revenue across districts. If revenues allow, the Legislature will also consider property tax relief for homeowners, leaders said.

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