SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH | By SOPHIA EPPOLITO (AP) — New Utah Gov. Spencer Cox has presented his first budget proposal which focuses on pandemic relief and further developing rural infrastructure.

Cox stressed the importance of equity as he unveiled the proposed $21.7 billion budget on Monday. The proposal would allocate at least $250 million towards fighting the coronavirus pandemic and $125 million on rural infrastructure, including expanding broadband access and electric vehicle charging stations.

The budget also includes a boost in education funding for higher education and K-12 schools. Cox says he supports putting $112 million towards providing $1,500 bonuses for all teachers in the state.