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Wednesday, October 16, 2013
What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - October 16, 2013
Countdown: There are 21 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 105 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 380 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 814 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.
- Has Sen. Mike Lee's strategy to stop Obamacare failed? [Tribune]
- If the government shutdown goes on much longer, Utah may have to stop a number of programs including food stamps [Tribune].
- A video showing Rep. Jason Chaffetz, acting as Speaker Pro Tempore of the House, getting grilled by Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen over a stealthy rule change which virtually guaranteed a government shutdown, has gone viral [KSL].
- After a number of projections of a surplus, Utah lawmakers got news of a possible deficit next year depending on how the federal budget fight plays out [Utah Policy].
- A Senate panel approves Rep. Spencer Cox as Utah's next Lt. Governor, sending his nomination to the full Senate for a vote [Deseret News].
- With apologies to Talking Heads - "How did Rep. Spencer Cox get here?" [Tribune]
- The success of the USTAR program is called into question by a scathing legislative audit [Utah Policy, Tribune].
- A Legislative audit questions how anti-wolf groups spent money given to them by lawmakers [Utah Policy, Tribune].
- The Count My Vote group begins to hold public meetings about their citizen's initiative [Deseret News].
- Utah may have to spend another $7 million to keep the state's national parks open through December [Deseret News].
- Utah's ski resorts say they won't feel much pain if the government shutdown continues into ski season [Tribune].
- Yummy! Rep. Dixon Pitcher is drafting legislation which would allow Utahns to keep and eat roadkill [Tribune].
- Gov. Herbert names a 38-person team to come up with ways to combat Utah's dirty air [Tribune].
- Dick Buehler, director of the Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, announces his retirement [Tribune].
Today At Utah Policy
|Audit Questions USTAR's Success Stories|
Some years ago the Legislature's Auditor General produced a scathing report on the high salaries and other goodies within the state's retirement office.I well recall the then-Speaker of the Utah House, Nolan Karras, getting red-faced and slamming his fist down on the committ...
|Utah's Economy Could Go from Surplus to Deficit|
Those fine days of large state tax surpluses may be over.Unlike recent years of extra cash, a new state tax projection says the current fiscal year, now just three months old, could end up with a $135 million deficit come nextJuly 1.Or a $75 million surplus.It just depends o...
|Economic Confidence Dropping Like a Rock|
Yikes! Economic confidence is cratering in the wake of the government shutdown.The latest measure from Gallup shows economic confidence, which wasn't too high to begin with, has dropped 12 points in the first week of the government shutdown.The -39 score is the lowest they'v...
|Audit Dings Utah's Spending on Wolf Delisting|
Want to personally make more than $200,000 from the Utah State Government?Figure out a way to get the Legislature to spend $800,000 to provide a plan to delist from the federal government a predator that was already on its way to being delisted as an endangered species....
|Governor Herbert Names Clean Air Action Team|
Today Governor Gary R. Herbert announced the creation of the Clean Air Action Team. This group of diverse individuals will gather research, work with the public and recommend practical and effective strategies to improve Utah's air quality. Members of the CAAT come from the ...
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