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Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 348th day of the year. There are 17 days remaining in 2017.

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Herbert proposes $200 million public education funding boost in budget

Gov. Gary Herbert took the wraps off his $16.7 billion budget proposal on Wednesday at Davis Technical College in Kaysville. As in recent years, it's mostly about finding more money for Utah's perennially underfunded education system....

More women than ever plan to run for Congress in 2018

The number of women who are planning to run for Congress or are already running in 2018 is already at an all-time high....

Weekly survey: Hatch's future/Santa's list

Sen. Orrin Hatch is expected to announce his future political plans by the end of the month. What do you think his decision will be? Also, let us know who in Utah politics belongs on Santa's naughty and nice lists. Take our weekly survey right now....

Give us your nominations for the top Utah political news stories of 2017

What do you think were the top Utah political news stories of 2017? Was it President Trump slashing two national monuments? Jason Chaffetz resigning? Give us your nominations....

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Policy News

Office of the State Auditor releases review of Park City School District procurement non-compliance
The Office of the State Auditor officially released its Review of Park City School District Procurement Non-Compliance....

Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index remains stable in November, benefiting consumers and businesses alike
The Zions Bank Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased 0.2 percent from October to November on a non-seasonally adjusted basis. Year-over-year, the Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index has grown 3.3 percent, while the National Consumer Price index has increased 2.2 ...

Zero Red Air Days - Utah's business community commits to doing their part to clean up Utah's air
The Salt Lake Chamber Board of Governors voted unanimously to support a business-driven goal of zero red air days....

Utah Hunting and Fishing Services wins two national awards
Utah's Hunting and Fishing application recently received two national awards from the Center for Digital Government....

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Governor is right to focus Utah budget boost on education

Utah County's Alpine School District to consolidate two Orem elementary schools, sparking talk of a district split

Audit says Park City School District contractor violated project-bidding laws

Gehrke: Utah needs good data before taxpayers dive headfirst into Lake Powell pipeline scam

Feds give initial OK to Utah's application to build Lake Powell pipeline - but with a major, unexpected twist

Uranium mill pressed Trump officials for Bears Ears reductions, records show

Feds rake in $6 million from oil and gas lease auctions, including lands near Utah's Dinosaur National Monument

'We'll get it done.' Sen. Orrin Hatch promises quick vote on massive tax bill.

Education receives 72% of all new money in governor's budget

Deseret News

Randy Shumway: No easy answer in solving challenges of homelessness

Randy Shumway: Supporting our homeless - a collective approach

Jay Evensen: Yes, mother-in-law apartments are tied to affordability

A. Scott Anderson: Utah's citizen of the decade Lane Beattie

Op-ed: Businesses must do their part to solve Utah's skilled labor shortage

Say what? This new report says air quality makes Utah the 4th healthiest state

17 state lawmakers: 'All confidence lost' in Utah County leader

Utah Democrats: Win in Alabama Senate race 'incredibly energizing'

Gov. Gary Herbert unveils $16.7 billion budget proposal for Utah

Report: Homeless Utah mothers need better housing, child care access


Resolution on how to fund Ogden BRT project proving difficult (Standard-Examiner)

Redd won't seek re-election following session, cites health (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

U.S. Economic Expansion Could Become Longest on Record (Wall Street Journal)

'We Can't Take That Risk' - FBI Officials Discussed 'Insurance Policy' Against Trump Presidency (Daily Caller)

Bill O'Reilly: There's Audio of Someone Trying to Bribe a Woman to Accuse Trump of 'Untoward Behavior' (PJ Media)

New York Times D.C. bureau adds fact-checker (Politico)

PBS Suspends 'Tavis Smiley' Following Sexual Misconduct Investigation (Variety)

Republicans relieved by Moore loss in Alabama (The Hill)

Republican Tax Bill in Final Sprint Across Finish Line (New York Times)

House Democrat tells female colleagues the way they dress is 'an invitation' for harassment (CNN)

Tina Smith to be named U.S. Senator to replace Al Franken (Star Tribune)

Cuomo Takes Ungainly Dip Into Sexual Harassment Debate (New York Times)

Fed Predicts Modest Economic Growth From Tax Cut (New York Times)

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