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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:

  1. 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].
  2. Utah Republican lawmakers are working to come up with their own alternative to Medicaid expansion [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  3. A legislative committee kills a proposal to raise income taxes to provide more money for schools [Tribune, Deseret News].
  4. Sen. Jim Dabakis' attempt to set a deadline on Utah's fight to control public lands within the state does not go well [Tribune].
  5. 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].
  6. The Utah Division of Air Quality is backing off a proposed ban on wood burning during the winter months [Tribune].
  7. Proposed legislation would require political candidates to disclose whether they have been convicted of a crime and other legal and financial information [Utah Policy].
  8. Sen. Steve Urquhart wants to make changes in how police execute "no-knock" warrants [Tribune].
  9. The NSA data center in Bluffdale is using more water that ever before [Tribune].
  10. 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.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Utahns Split on Gas Tax Hike
Utahns are split over whether to raise the state gasoline tax this year to help pay for needed road construction and repair, a new poll shows....

Constitutional Notes Under Fire Again on Utah's Capitol Hill
Some conservative Utah legislators are tired of their “constitutionally-based” bills getting the crap kicked out of them by their own legislative lawyers....

Chaffetz: NFL Should Pay Taxes
Rep. Jason Chaffetz says he may callNFL Commissioner Roger Goodell beforethe House Oversight Committee to justify the league's non-profit status....

Bill Would Require Political Candidates to Disclose Criminal and Financial Information
A Utah County Commission candidate who didn’t tell voters he had a bankruptcy in his background “was the straw that broke the camel’s back” for state Rep. David Lifferth....

Legislative Republicans Getting Closer to Their Alternative to Healthy Utah
Perhaps by this week, hopefully by the end of next, Utah GOP leaders should have their compromise bill on Gov. Gary Herbert’s Healthy Utah Medicaid expansion....

Proposal Would Tighten Up Access to State Drug Database
Right now, any police officer with a case number can access Utah's Controlled Substance Database which, according to Sen. Todd Weiler (R-Woods Cross), makes it ripe for abuse....

Featured Items

Gov. Herbert Declares School Counseling Week in Utah
Gov. Gary R. Herbert declared Feb. 2-6, 2015, School Counseling Week in Utah. ...

Legislative Groundhog Day
It’s Groundhog Day, a day I’ve been anxiously awaiting ever since my Opening Day Remarks to the House last week referencing . . . Groundhog Day....

Winning the Political Game: Stay Out of The 'Tunnel'
I learned an important campaign lesson from a veteran campaign manager a number of years ago. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: City should push developers to create affordable housing

Utah lawmakers to decide: Who is the neediest of the needy?

Senator seeking changes in no-knock warrants

Eagle Mountain officials criticize prison consultants' work

Two Yalecrest petitions for historic districts pulled back on eve of vote

Utah liquor stores can't keep workers; lawmakers mull $500,000 cut to DABC

Lawmakers reject tax increase to fund schools

Dabakis asks for court-ordered end to public-lands fight

Wood-burning ban coming off the table

Deseret News

Stuart Reid: Support deserved for promoting religious, non-discrimination rights

Editorial: Don't avoid religious aspects in media coverage - rather, report with sensitivity and thoroughness

Lawmakers, governor still far apart on Medicaid expansion

Juror: Unanswered questions, inconsistent stories led to Marc Jenson's acquittal

Legislative committee rejects tax hike for education

Will Jenson acquittal hurt Shurtleff, Swallow defense in criminal cases?

Senate committee seeks further debate on modifying forcible entry laws


Obama grants Utah County rapid bus plan $71 million in proposed 2016 budget (Daily Herald)

Fund education with a tax increase? Not for these Utah lawmakers (Daily Herald)

Steve Handy: Clean air is about time (and money) (Standard-Examiner)

Editorial: Romney made right decision (Standard-Examiner)

UTOPIA wonders what to do with $10M windfall (Standard-Examiner)

Districts face pressure to raise graduation rates (Standard-Examiner)

Slight increase seen in area high school graduation rates (Standard-Examiner)

Rep. Jack Draxler's education funding bill dies in committee (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Obama's proposals: From healthy to dead on arrival (Politico)

Mitch McConnell's way (Politico)

The FCC chair's Internet pivot (Politico)

Republicans give Obama budget scathing reviews (The Hill)

Obama looks to entice GOP with tax plan (The Hill)

CDC chief: Anti-vaxxers endanger others (The Hill)

Obama Health Budget Calls for Authority to Negotiate Drug Prices (Wall Street Journal)

Budget proposal is Obama's map back to big government (McClatchy)

Chris Christie remarks show vaccines' potency in political debate (Washington Post)

Jeb Bush adds veteran consultants to team (CNN)

Walker's budget proposal coming into focus (Associated Press)

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