Utah governor Jon Huntsman Jr. said the state will begin work on stalled construction projects which will include almost $4 billion in road construction.
"We're all here looking for stimulus," house speaker Dave Clark told the Salt Lake City Tribune after last night's state of the state address. "We had it all along. This just puts it in place."
The announcement last night drew applause from legislators that the paper says rivaled the ovation for the University of Utah's undefeated football team.
The plan to begin the road projects which stalled in November, drew approval from legislators across the aisle with House minority leader David Litvack saying Democrats agreed with most of Huntsman's plans.
"In difficult times it is the right thing to do for our economy. We must keep people working, investing in short-term growth and long-term prosperity," he said, according to the Associated Press.
The governor also encouraged the state to become a nationwide leader in renewable energy and said he wants to create 400 miles of Interstate 15 as a natural gas corridor.