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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

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Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing

Morning Must Reads for Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 10th day of the year. There are 355 days remaining in 2017.

Lawmakers are wary of a proposed tax hike to fund Utah's schools. Barack Obama prepares to give his farewell speech. The confirmation hearings for Jeff Sessions to be Attorney General begin Tuesday.

The clock:

  • 10 days until Donald Trump is inaugurated as the 45th President (1/20/2017)
  • 13 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature (1/23/2017)
  • 58 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature (3/9/2017)
  • 301 days until the 2017 municipal elections (11/7/2017)
  • 665 days until the 2018 midterm elections (11/6/2018)
  • 1393 days until the 2020 presidential election (11/3/2020)

Ten talking points for Tuesday:

  1. Planning ahead. Get a jump on 2017 with our "master calendar" of key political dates for the next year [Utah Policy].

  2. School funding battle looming. Utah lawmakers are very wary of a proposed income tax hike to fund public schools as they worry the measure could slow down Utah's economy [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune]. Lawmakers are also starting to push back against the proposal even before proponents get started [Utah Policy].

  3. Republicans in control. LaVarr Webb argues Donald Trump's bombastic style is overshadowing the political success Republicans are enjoying [Utah Policy].

  4. Show them how to say goodbye. President Barack Obama heads to Chicago to deliver his farewell address tonight [Washington Post].

  5. Confirmation squabble. Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump's pick for Attorney General, goes before the Judiciary Committee Tuesday for his confirmation hearing [New York Times]. Sen. Cory Booker will testify against Sessions during the confirmation process, marking the first time a sitting senator testifies against another sitting senator during a confirmation hearing [CNN].

  6. Obamacare latest. A group of moderate Republicans in the Senate want to slow down the speeding train racing to repeal Obamacare to give Republicans more time to find a replacement [Politico]. 

  7. Aggressive reform agenda. Rep. Jason Chaffetz plans to pursue some changes as chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that has many federal workers on edge [Washington Post].

  8. Keeping it in the family. Donald Trump names his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as one of his senior advisors, immediately raising fears he's violating nepotism laws [Wall Street Journal].

  9. Hate crimes redux. Sen. Daniel Thatcher is bringing back a hate crimes proposal to the 2017 legislature, but he's hoping to keep the focus on the perpetrator of the crime instead of the victim [Deseret News].

  10. Housing plans. Salt Lake City unveils a plan to create affordable housing and boost business creation in downtown [Deseret News, Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1776 - Thomas Paine published the pamphlet "Common Sense."
  • 1789 - The first presidential election was conducted. Electors chosen by the voters unanimously picked George Washington as president and John Adams as vice president.
  • 1861 - Florida seceded from the Union.
  • 1878 - A constitutional amendment that would give women the right to vote was introduced in the Senate. It wasn't until 42 years later that the amendment was enacted.

Today At Utah Policy

For Your Planning Purposes: Key Dates for Political Year 2017

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Lawmakers Extremely Wary of Raising Taxes for Public Education

Senate President Wayne Niederhauser tells UtahPolicy that so far legislative leaders have not met with the Our Schools Now citizen petitioners, but hope to before the 2017 general session starts Jan. 23....

GOP Solidly in Control - of Capricious Political World

Many Democrats take solace in the fact that Donald Trump lost the popular vote and has a relatively low approval rating as his inauguration nears....

Chaffetz Plans to Block D.C. Law Allowing Assisted Suicide

Rep.Jason Chaffetz says he'll use rarely invoked congressional authority to nix a law recently passed by theCouncil of the District of Columbiathat would enabledoctors in the nation's capital to help terminally ill patients commit suicide....

Lawmakers Pushing Back Against Income Tax Hike Proposal to Fund Schools

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Policy News

EDCUtah to Present 3 Economic Development Awards
During EDCUtah's annual meeting the organization will present its annual economic development awards to Derek Miller, president and CEO of World Trade Center Utah, John Curtis, mayor of Provo City, and Mark Gibbons, president of City Creek Reserve....

Luncheon with the Consul General of Israel
World Trade Center Utah, in partnership with the Governor's Office of Economic Development and the Salt Lake Chamber, is delighted to welcome the Honorable Sam Grundwerg, Consul General of Israel....

Gov. Herbert Statement on the Death of Artist James C. Christensen
Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued a statement following the death of Utah artist James C. Christensen:...

Governor's Medal for Science and Technology Winners Announced
Gov. Gary R. Herbert, along with the Utah Science Technology and Research initiative and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, announced the winners of the 2016 Governor’s Medals for Science and Technology. The medals will be presented to 11 individuals ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Utah's concealed carry law is no impediment to the Second Amendment

Rolly: Private land grab in rural Utah may be a sign of things to come

Lawmakers worry income tax hike for Utah schools could harm economy, so they offer alternatives

Many Utah juveniles charged with crimes don't have lawyers. That needs to change, group says

Utah's top court wades into waterway fight

Salt Lake City unveils affordable housing vision for Salt Lake Roasting Co. building - with citywide plan coming soon

Deseret News

Editorial: Homicide rate in Utah far too high

January declared Law Enforcement Appreciation Month in Utah

Salt Lake City launches mixed-use project to include affordable housing

Utah Supreme Court wades into stream access cases

State senator taking new approach with 'hate crimes' proposal

Initiative calling for tax hike to fund schools has lawmakers' attention


Public education funding may be No.1 issue in 2017 legislative session (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

Trump planning to give Cabinet unusually wide latitude (Politico)

Trump huddles with Alibaba, despite piracy pledge (Politico)

Dems, GOP battle over pace of Trump confirmations (The Hill)

GOP leaders push back at critics of ObamaCare plan (The Hill)

Opponents of legal immigration hope their ties to Jeff Sessions will influence Trump (Los Angeles Times)

Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to join White House as senior adviser; no formal role for Ivanka Trump (Washington Post)

Republicans may speed up parts of Obamacare replacement (CNN)

Planned Parenthood on the ropes as Republicans move in for knockout punch (Washington Times)

How Donald Trump's tweets set the tone for the biggest auto show of the year (Washington Post)

Inside Rex Tillerson's Negotiating Style: Cozy With Power, Unbending and Theatrical (Wall Street Journal)

China's latest moves to manage the yuan add fuel to Trump's threats (CNBC)

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