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Tuesday, February 3, 2015
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Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday - February 3, 2015
Utahns split on proposed gas tax hike. Legislative Republicans grappling with Medicaid expansion alternatives. Lawmakers kill an income tax hike to provide more money for schools.
- Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 37
- Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 189
- Days to the 2015 election - 273
- Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 349
- Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 356
- Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary - 511
- Days until the 2016 presidential election - 644
Monday's top-10 headlines:
- A new poll shows Utahns are split on whether they favor a hike in the state's gasoline tax to pay for roads [Utah Policy].
- Utah Republican lawmakers are working to come up with their own alternative to Medicaid expansion [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
- A legislative committee kills a proposal to raise income taxes to provide more money for schools [Tribune, Deseret News].
- Sen. Jim Dabakis' attempt to set a deadline on Utah's fight to control public lands within the state does not go well [Tribune].
- Lawmakers who are tired of their bills carrying "constitutional notes," which show where they may be open to a legal challenge, are pushing a new proposal that would require legislative attorneys to also include examples where legislation would be upheld in a legal fight [Utah Policy].
- The Utah Division of Air Quality is backing off a proposed ban on wood burning during the winter months [Tribune].
- Proposed legislation would require political candidates to disclose whether they have been convicted of a crime and other legal and financial information [Utah Policy].
- Sen. Steve Urquhart wants to make changes in how police execute "no-knock" warrants [Tribune].
- The NSA data center in Bluffdale is using more water that ever before [Tribune].
- Not good. Salt Lake City had near-record low snowfall totals in January [Tribune].
On this day in history:
- 1913 - The 16th Amendment to the Constitution, providing for a federal income tax, was ratified.
- 1988 - The U.S. House of Representatives rejected President Ronald Reagan's request for more than $36 million in aid to the Nicaraguan Contras.
- 2009 - Eric Holder was sworn in as attorney general, becoming the first African-American to hold the post.
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