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Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing

Morning must reads for Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 60th day of the year. There are 305 days remaining in 2017.

Lawmakers want to spend $1 billion on transportation. Legislators strike a deal on liquor law reform. Sean Reyes is still talking with the Trump administration about heading up the Federal Trade Commission.

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Reyes meeting with Trump team about FTC job this week

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes will meet with Trump administration officials in Washington, D.C. this week to discuss him possibly taking a job as the head of the Federal Trade Commission....

Utah lawmakers planning $1 billion in transportation spending

Take a deep breath, Utah legislative watchers....

Weekly survey: Should Utah restore the sales tax on food

Legislative leaders are coalescing behind a plan to restore the state portion of the sales tax on food. Do you agree with this idea? Let us know in our weekly survey....

Balanced federalism principles and guidelines

Most Republicans have long been concerned about the concentration of power at the federal level and the inability of states to act as a check on federal regulations and growth of federal programs. Republicans for decades have called for a better balance in the federal system...

Evans wants a third go-around as Utah GOP Chair

Utah GOP Chair James Evans says he will run for a third term as the head of the state party....

Lawmakers reach deal on 'Zion Curtain' bill

Multiple sources tell UtahPolicy there appears to be an agreement on the high-profile issue of removing the so-called "Zion Curtain" from restaurants serving liquor, wine, and beer....

Proposal aims to undo SB54 compromise

A bill that could have the effect of gutting the Legislature’s compromise with the Count My Vote/SB54 has hit the Utah House....

Policy News

Utahns remain confident in economy as employment gains remain strong
The Zions Bank Utah Consumer Attitude Index remained roughly the same, declining a statistically marginal 2.9 points to 114.7 in February....

Free Enterprise Utah applauds decision against running non-compete bill
As business leaders who care about our employees, the success of our businesses, and the strength of Utah’s economy and national reputation, we applaud the Legislature for its decision not to propose further legislation regarding non-compete agreements....

Utah tax reform proposals: Who wins and who loses?
Tax cuts over the past decade have reduced Utah tax rates -and revenues - to a multi-decade low. ...

Local Headlines

Utah Foundation

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: No more fooling around, eliminate the Zion Curtain

Utah lawmakers seek to purchase Bears Ears land, take over management from feds

Sweeping changes to juvenile justice system pass House, headed to Senate

New alternative offered to Utah's 'Zion Curtain' liquor law: 'Washington state wall'

Senate shrinks $60M manufacturing tax break to $1.8M, pushes for cleaner-burning fuels

Utah lawmaker abandons pledge to run bill only with state school board's support

Tweaks to school grading and turnaround programs get early OK of Utah Senate

Bill to study, address homelessness among children advances

House OKs free-speech on campus bill

Utah House kills bill that would allow violating rape victim's request for confidentiality

Earned income tax credit finally coming to Utah's working poor?

Utah House votes to give local health departments more control over cigarette, vape shops

Senate panel OKs property tax freeze to fund schools

Voter registration privacy bill goes to full House

With trust in Trump, lawmakers pass kinder, gentler public lands resolution

House OKs permit-free carrying of concealed weapons

Latest from the John Swallow corruption trial: Prosecutors ask judge to dismiss another count, leaving only nine charges

Utahns in Congress laud Trump's plan for 'renewal of the American spirit'

Deseret News

Op-ed: Change alcohol barrier? Utah shouldn't mess with success

Richard Davis: Is Utah government more ethical that the federal government?

Derek B. Miller: Fiscal prudence is the foundation of Utah's economic success

Editorial: Pres. Trump missed an opportunity to address entitlement reform in his speech to Congress

Lawmakers say no to dedicated revenue for Antelope Island State Park

Economic concerns prompt slight decline in consumer index

Runoff election bill likely stalled by Utah GOP reversal on lawsuit

California-style motorcycle law could be coming to Utah

Bill to eliminate criminal penalties for truant students' parents defeated on tie vote

GOP lawmakers looking at bonding for $1 billion to speed up transportation projects

Bountiful leaders formally vote to do away with city hall proposal

Prosecutors drop another Swallow charge; case likely goes to jury Wednesday

Herbert says he's optimistic after meeting with President Trump

UHSAA bill will go before house education committee without association support despite weeks of meetings

Committee: Utah should acquire Bears Ears National Monument


Senate committee recommends bill outlining medical marijuana regulation (Daily Herald)

Bountiful leaders scrap controversial plans to move City Hall (Standard-Examiner)

Trump's trade talk spurs questions, concern among Northern Utah export boosters (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Before Congress, Trump appears at his most presidential (Politico)

Trump gives his hard-line campaign promises a more moderate tone in address to Congress (Washington Post)

Former Kentucky gov blasts Trump, GOP over ObamaCare claims in Dem rebuttal (FOX News)

Trump Says He's Open to Legal Pathway for Undocumented Immigrants (New York Times)

New travel ban will exempt current visa holders, sources say (Washington Post)

GOP Obamacare Plan Suffers Blow With Republican's Rejection (Bloomberg)

Trump to hit the road Thursday to sell his agenda (CNN)

No immediate ruling made on Dakota Access pipeline work (Washington Post)

Ross Pledges to Fix Nafta, Get Tough With China on Trade (Bloomberg)

Obamas Make Book Deal With Penguin Random House (New York Times)

Trump moves to kill Obama water rule (The Hill)

Wise Words

"The important achievement of Apollo was demonstrating that humanity is not forever chained to this planet and our visions go rather further than that and our opportunities are unlimited." Neil Armstrong

Lighter Side

Problem Is You
"YouTube temporarily pulled a New York zoo's live stream of a giraffe giving birth, after some complained that it was sexually explicit. I just want to say if you are watching an animal give birth and you think this is way too sexy, the problem is you." James Corden

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