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Morning must reads for Monday, March 13, 2017

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 72nd day of the year. There are 293 days remaining in 2017.

Utah lawmakers feeling some urgency to tackle tax reform this year. Salt Lake County picks 5 possible sites for a new homeless shelter. President Trump is set to unveil his budget proposal this week.

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Lawmakers ready to tackle difficult issue of tax reform this year

Sen. President Wayne Niederhauser sees the 2017 Legislative session as a missed opportunity to address tax reform....

Hatch: Gorsuch will interpret the law rather than wield it as a political weapon

In an op-ed, Sen. Orrin Hatch offers a favorable assessmentof Judge Neil Gorsuch's fitness for the Supreme Courtand criticizes Senate Democrats for what he says istheir recent history of trying to turnthe confirmation process for High Court nominees intoan "election campaign...

'Political Insiders' pick best, worst of the 2017 Legislature

Utah lawmakers passed 535 pieces of legislation this past session that ended last week....

The Trump Administration's antipathy toward a free press is frightening

The anger, disdain, ridicule, and retaliation exhibited by President Trump and his administration towards the press is frightening!...

Policy News

Rep. Stewart named Vice Chair on House Appropriations Interior Subcommittee
Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) has been named the Vice Chair of the powerful House Appropriations Interior Subcommittee....

Hatch, Daines, Fischer introduce critical rural broadband bill
This week, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), along with Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Deb Fischer (R-NE), introduced the Highway Rights-of-Way Permitting Efficiency Act of 2017, a bill that will streamline broadband permitting in existing highway rights-of-way&nb...

Press release: Rep. Love takes a stand for veteran families
Congresswoman Mia Love has reintroduced the Fair Treatment for Families of Veterans Act (H.R. 1495), which would extend the end date of certain veteran’s benefits....

Ben Hart named GOED Deputy Director
Val Hale, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, has appointed Benjamin Hart as deputy director.  ...

Local Headlines

Utah Foundation

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Problems of lower alcohol limit are many, and the advantages are non-existent

Op-ed: With legislators falling short, the people must step up to fund schools

Op-ed: Rep. Love on right track with over-the-counter birth control

Editorial: Teacher-bonus bill will be a test-based test

Editorial: The good and the bad of the 2017 Utah Legislature

Gehrke: What Gov. Gary Herbert would have said if I were his speechwriter

Winder at center of conservative infighting over online tax

New shelter to be in West Valley or South Salt Lake - cities already bearing plenty of state burdens, residents say

Utah senator pointed to his daughter - a plural wife - to push passage of polygamy bill

Prepping to gain control of thousands of acres of public land, Utah lawmakers create 'Department of Land Management'

ICE detains Kenyan immigrants - a Utah couple who believed they were complying with the law

Meet the Democrat running against Rep. Jason Chaffetz - and raising loads of money

Reviews mixed from environmental advocates on legislative action for clean air, water

'Sister Wives' say it may be time for polygamists to leave Utah

Critiques of her leadership style aside, Biskupski says she 'loves' being mayor

Rio Grande homeless assessment: Half from outside Utah, many have been to jail or prison

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: If space aliens watched the lawmaking process

Op-ed: Instead of protesting, let's talk

Patricia Jones: Should Salt Lake County be a pizza or a doughnut?

Hal Boyd: A conservative case for Donald Trump?

Op-ed: Border tax will harm Utah small businesses and consumers

Op-ed: Legislature's expansion of educational options is just the beginning

Op-ed: Keep Utah children healthy and families strong: Protect Medicaid

Editorial: Jon Huntsman Jr. demonstrates selfless civic service once again

Editorial: Utah Compromise represents the best of what can happen when competing interests listen to each other

Jay Evensen: Only a few get to be 'in the room where it happens'

West Valley, South Salt Lake under consideration for third homeless resource center

Here are all the countries that have lower blood-alcohol limits than Utah

Kenyan couple in Utah for a decade faces deportation; ICE says they overstayed visitor visas

Utah budget boils down to people, services

Utah's US attorney included in mass resignation request

2017 Legislature: Here's what happened - and what didn't

Lawmakers brought humor and celebration into policy discussions

2017 changes to liquor laws join other significant state actions

Many Utah refugees frightened by impending executive order

Affordable housing incentives bill awaits governor's signature

Legislature takes action on law enforcement, criminal justice reforms


Editorial: Gov. Herbert should sign these bills (Daily Herald)

16 bills that failed or passed during the 2017 legislative session (Daily Herald)

2017 Utah legislature: Food tax hike avoided but still no rest for working-poor (Standard-Examiner)

Legislators, economist say food tax was destined to fail (Standard-Examiner)

Ogden restaurant operators cheer, lament Utah alcohol measures (Standard-Examiner)

Republican leaders call for unity, continued momentum at annual Lincoln Day Dinner (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Assad calls U.S. forces 'invaders', but still hopeful on Trump (Reuters)

NYT leader: Washington Post slogan 'sounds like the next Batman movie' (The Hill)

Obstacles mount for tax reform (The Hill)

Can Ronna Romney McDaniel unite a fractured Republican Party? (McClatchy)

For Solace and Solidarity in Trump Age, Liberals Turn the TV Back On (New York Times)

Republicans still battle each other even after gaining power (Associated Press)

Through his budget, a bottom-line look at Trump's new Washington (Washington Post)

Donald Trump Jr., running the family business, says he has nearly 'zero contact' with his father (Washington Post)

Calif. man carrying Mace arrested on White House grounds after scaling fence (Washington Post)

Trump Wants Faster Growth. The Fed Isn't So Sure. (New York Times)

EPA to study whether its emissions tests are vulnerable to cheating (Christian Science Monitor)

Wise Words

Just Continue
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." Winston Churchill

Lighter Side

GOP Health Care Plan
"New research says that Neanderthals used to relieve pain by chewing on a plant containing the main ingredient in aspirin. Or as that's now being called, "the Republican healthcare plan." Conan O'Brien

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