Utah's Daily Policy Resource | Brought to you by Utah Policy
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
You can listen to our interviews with Utah politicians and newsmakers, plus catch "Bernick and Schott on Politics" every week by subscribing to our podcast on iTunes.
Click here to subscribe.
Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday - February 4, 2015
Another vote to repeal Obamacare. Clean air bill fails to advance. A Proposed change to Utah school board elections moves forward.
- Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 36
- Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 188
- Days to the 2015 election - 272
- Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 348
- Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 355
- Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary - 510
- Days until the 2016 presidential election - 643
Wednesday's top-10 headlines:
- The U.S. House once again votes to repeal Obamacare [National Journal].
- A new poll shows most Utahns would favor raising teacher salaries to match the national average [Utah Policy].
- Rep. Brian Greene makes a baffling statement about whether having sex with an unconscious spouse should be construed as rape [Tribune].
- Rep. Jon Cox, who voted for SB 54, says the legislature should not try to delay implementation of the dual-track nomination system [Utah Policy].
- Rep. Kraig Powell wants to raise the legal smoking age from 19 to 21 [Deseret News].
- A bill that would allow officials to revoke the registration of cars that emit too much smoke fails to advance [Tribune, Deseret News].
- A Senate committee pushes forward with a bill to make school board elections partisan affairs [Deseret News].
- A bill would change Utah's oath of office to give the state priority over the United States [Tribune].
- A proposed seasonal ban on woodburning is facing big changes after public outcry [Deseret News].
- Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams gives his State of the County address [Deseret News, Tribune].
On this day in history:
- 1783 - Britain declared a formal cessation of hostilities in the American Revolutionary War.
- 1801 - John Marshall was sworn in as chief justice of the United States.
- 1861 - Delegates from six southern states met in Montgomery, Alabama, to form the Confederate States of America.
- 2004 - The social networking website Facebook was launched.
Today At Utah Policy
|Poll: Utahns Favor Raising Teacher Salaries|
Nearly ¾ of Utahns want to see teacher salaries increased so that they are more in line with national averages, but that support wanes slightly when they learn about the idea’s $250 million price tag....
|Cows and Beehives and Horses! Oh, my!|
Seems every Legislature there are bills about animals – our two-footed, four-footed or six-footed friends who need something, we’re told, from Utah lawmakers....
|Keys to the Governor's Budget (Video)|
Gov. Herbert’s budget proposes right-sizing the amount of funding currently earmarked from sales and use tax in order to invest in education while also addressing the need to fund transportation for the long-term. ...
|Don't Delay SB 54|
Last year, the Utah State Legislature passed SB 54, a compromise bill that dramatically changed our state’s elections process. I voted no on the bill in hopes of preserving our state’s caucus system....