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Morning Must Reads for Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 18th day of the year. There are 347 days remaining in 2017.

Support for a tax hike to fund schools is dropping. Utah's international trade is booming. Attorney General Sean Reyes could be in line for a Trump administration job.

The clock:

  • 2 days until Donald Trump is inaugurated as the 45th President (1/20/2017)
  • 5 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature (1/23/2017)
  • 50 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature (3/9/2017)
  • 293 days until the 2017 municipal elections (11/7/2017)
  • 657 days until the 2018 midterm elections (11/6/2018)
  • 1385 days until the 2020 presidential election (11/3/2020)

Ten talking points for Wednesday:

  1. Momentum waning? A new poll shows support for a proposed income tax hike to boost school funding has dropped 11 points since October [Utah Policy].

  2. Trade boom. Derek Miller, CEO of the World Trade Center Utah says Utah's global exports grew 9 percent last year, making Utah the fourth-fastest growing state in the country regarding exports [Utah Policy]. Here's the video of our interview with Miller [Utah Policy].

  3. Washington-bound? Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes is reportedly under consideration to head the Federal Trade Commission in a Donald Trump administration [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].

  4. Whoops! The Congressional Budget Office says repealing Obamacare without a replacement in place could leave 18 million people without health insurance [The Hill]. That means the pressure is growing on Congressional Republicans to come up with the "replace" part of their plan to dismantle the law [Washington Post].

  5. Going out on top. President Barack Obama will leave the White House with his highest approval ratings since he took office in 2009 according to two new polls [Washington Post, CNN].

  6. Now he tells us! Donald Trump now claims he does not enjoy using Twitter, but he views the social media platform as a way to get around the "unbelievably dishonest" media. Trump also says he plans to reduce his use of Twitter once he takes office on Friday [New York Daily News].

  7. Staying in the dark. Utah refuses to release the details of their deal with to collect sales tax for online purchases because it might give an advantage to Amazon's competitors [Tribune].

  8. Public lands fight. Rep. Ryan Zinke, Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of the Interior, says he believes the president has the power to change, and possibly, reverse a national monument designation [Tribune]. Zinke also says he does not believe climate change is a hoax but is not convinced its cause is human activity [Politico].

  9. Hate crimes law. Sen. Daniel Thatcher is taking a swing at fixing Utah's "unenforceable" hate crimes law by focusing on the perpetrator of the crime instead of the victim [Tribune].

  10. Sticker shock. Salt Lake City is preparing a report on the $7 million purchase price for the proposed homeless shelter on the Simpson Avenue site [Tribune]. Councilwoman Lisa Adams is worried the exorbitant price could put further state funding for relocating the homeless shelters in jeopardy [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1788 - The first English settlers arrived in Australia's Botany Bay to establish a penal colony.
  • 1919 - The World War I peace conference opened in Versailles, France.
  • 1943 - The Soviets announced that they had broken the long Nazi siege of Leningrad.
  • 1990 - Washington, D.C., Mayor Marion Barry was arrested for drug possession in an FBI sting. 

Today At Utah Policy

Poll Shows Support for Tax Hike to Boost School Funding is Dropping

Support for an income tax hike to fund local schools has dropped in recent months, a new UtahPolicy poll shows....

Utah's International Trade is Booming

Utah is on an international business hot streak. New numbers from the World Trade Center Utah show that Utah’s exports jumped 9 percent last year. That’s following an 8 percent jump the year before....

'I Have Questions with Bryan Schott' - Derek Miller, President and CEO of the World Trade Center Utah (with video)

Derek Miller, President and CEO of the World Trade Center Utah, discusses Utah's international trade and whether Donald Trump's protectionist rhetoric is making Utah businesses nervous....

Weekly Survey: What is the Biggest Issue Facing Lawmakers in 2017

The 2017 Utah Legislature gets underway next week. What is the biggest issue that lawmakers will confront during their 45 days on the Hill? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Inside the Inaugural with Stephen Studdert - Part 1 (video)

On Friday, January 20, Donald Trump will take the Oath of Office to officially become the 45th President of the United States of America. That brief moment is central to a day otherwise filled will pomp and circumstance celebrating, not only the new president but also t...

Report: Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes Being Considered for Post in Trump Administration

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes is reportedly on Donald Trump's shortlist to head the Federal Trade Commission....

Dealing with Fake News!

To maintain any sort of a free society, the unfettered flow of accurate information is vital. To assure the availability of this information, our Constitution prohibits “abridging the freedom…of the press.”  (First Amendment)...

Podcast: Interview with Derek Miller, President and CEO, World Trade Center Utah

Derek Miller, President and CEO of the World Trade Center Utah speaks with Managing Editor Bryan Schott....

Policy News

Packsize International Selects Utah for Global Headquarters
Packsize International and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development announced the On Demand Packaging company will expand its Utah operations, adding up to 354 jobs to the community and an expected $9.2 million in capital investment....

Luncheon with the Ambassador of Peru
World Trade Center Utah, in partnership with the Governor's Office of Economic Development and the Salt Lake Chamber, is delighted to welcome His Excellency Carlos Pareja, the Ambassador of Peru....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: School turnaround law shows advice isn't cheap

Bill emerges to replace Utah's unenforceable hate-crimes law

There's a big gap between Utah's richest and poorest schools. Lawmaker hopes to close it.

Utah won't release details on Amazon tax deal, says info would give advantage to competitors

Trump may tap Utah A.G. Sean Reyes for FTC chair, report says

Utah school board to hear feedback on new transfer rules for high school athletes

Obama reduces Utah man's life term to 20 years

Utahns want Chaffetz to probe Trump conflicts, ethics official responds to Chaffetz

Gehrke: Water war between landowners and Salt Lake City flows into Utah Capitol

Salt Lake City promises report on purchase of $7M Sugar House homeless shelter site

Hope for Wingpointe Golf Course survives, barely, as Salt Lake City Council blasts administration for lack of progress with FAA

Interior nominee: President has power to amend, maybe remove, monument designation

Deseret News

Op-ed: Questions we'd like to ask at DeVos' confirmation hearing

Op-ed: You say goodbye and I say hello: Part 2

Jay Evensen: Suddenly all is quiet on the Western lands front

Lois M. Collins: Homelessness is not one-size-fits-all, and fear cuts both ways

Richard Davis: What lessons will Utah Democrats learn from the 2016 election?

Editorial: Utah's needle exchange program is a success

Piano Guys knew they would 'take some heat' in decision to perform at inauguration

Herbert proclaims Jan. 22-28 as Utah School Choice Week

Biskupski proposes new energy efficiency and air quality ordinance

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes could lead FTC, report says

More than 2,000 Utahns of all stripes headed to Trump inauguration, protests, concerts, inaugural balls

Canyons District parents, students, educators make case to add school periods - or not

S.L. councilwoman worries Sugar House site might put state funding on shaky ground


Orem, Provo will watch legislation on food truck regulations, Utah Lake and road funding (Daily Herald)

E. Kent Winward: Why some laws work and others don't (Standard-Examiner)

Lawmaker hopes to lower state's DUI threshold (Park Record)

National Headlines

How a liberal Santa Monica high school produced a top Trump advisor and speechwriter (Los Angeles Times)

CNN's Marc Lamont Hill Denounces Fellow Panelist as 'Mediocre Negro' For Defending Trump (Mediaite)

WikiLeaks celebrates Chelsea Manning's commutation (CNN)

The Republican Health-Care Debate (National Review)

France urges Trump to stay committed to world (Associated Press)

10 years ago today Obama made a huge promise. He didn't keep it. (Washington Post)

Who has Donald Trump's ear? (CNN)

Chinese president defends globalization, free trade (The Hill)

Britain to leave EU market as May sets 'hard Brexit' course (Reuters)

UnitedHealth is positioning for growth amid Obamacare uncertainty (CNBC)

Boeing CEO touts 'progress' with Trump on Air Force One costs (The Hill)

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