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What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - October 31, 2013
Countdown: There are 6 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 89 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 370 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 797 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.
- Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams releases his $870 million budget proposal which includes a pay raise for employees and no tax hikes [Tribune].
- Utah County adopts a $72 million budget for next year [Daily Herald].
- Sen. Mike Lee says internal fights in the GOP will strengthen the party in the future [Tribune].
- Utah's spending on healthcare for prison inmates doubled between 2001 and 2008 [Tribune].
- The DABC clarifies a law requiring restaurants to determine whether patrons at restaurants are ordering food before being served alcohol [Tribune].
- Black Diamond CEO Peter Metcalf says the federal shutdown demonstrated the value of Utah's public lands [Tribune].
- Derek Miller, chief of staff for Gov. Herbert, gives an inside account of how Herbert was able to secure the re-opening of Utah's national parks during the shutdown [Utah Policy].
- Utah consumer confidence is sharply lower in the wake of the government shutdown [Deseret News].
- Elected officials try to plan the path for Wasatch Front growth over the next three decades [Tribune].
- A group opposing the proposed $495 million bond from the Jordan School District failed to show up at a public hearing on the measure [Deseret News].
- The Utah Department of Transportation says they need more time to complete the environmental study of the proposed West Davis Corridor [Standard-Examiner].
- Talisker corporation files a counterclaim against Park City Mountain Resort in their ongoing legal squabble asking for the resorts profits from the last two years as damages in the case [Park Record].
- New research suggests 40% of Utah's homeless children are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender [Standard-Examiner].
- Wyoming officials announce more than $700,000 in fines against Sinclair Oil Corp. for safety violations at a refinery in that state [Tribune].
- Activists plan a rally to mark the one-year anniversary of the death of Danielle Willard, who was shot and killed by West Valley City police during an alleged drug raid [Tribune].
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