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Monday, March 2, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday - March 2, 2015

House Republicans tease their own alternative to Healthy Utah. Salt Lake City's first woman Mayor, Dee Dee Corradini, dies. Utahn's split over calls to hike the minimum wage.


  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 10
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 162
  • Days to the 2015 election - 246
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 322
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 329
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary - 484
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 617

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. House leaders are working on their own Medicaid alternative plan to counter Healthy Utah [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  2. Some Republicans in the Utah House disagree with the leadership's decsion to block Healthy Utah [Deseret News].
  3. Former Salt Lake City Mayor Dee Dee Corradini dies from lung cancer at the age of 70 [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  4. A new poll says Utahns are split over President Obama's call to raise the minimum wage [Utah Policy].
  5. The Prison Relocation Commission drops plans to take the final decision on moving the prison out of the hands of lawmakers [Tribune, Deseret News].
  6. A House committee approves a plan to overhaul Utah's criminal justice system by dropping sentencing for some crimes from a felony to a misdemeanor [Tribune].
  7. Educators call on lawmakers to boost funding for Utah's public schools [Tribune].
  8. Polls show Utahns support Gov. Gary Herbert's proposal to add $500 million for public education, but lawmakers say the final number will be closer to $400 million [Utah Policy].
  9. Lawmakers decide a measure to eliminate gas chambers at animal shelters needs more study [Deseret News, Tribune].
  10. Real Salt Lake officials plan to unveil a new proposed site for a minor league soccer stadium after plans to build at the Utah State Fairpark fall through [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1807 - Congress outlawed the importation of slaves to the United States, effective the following year.
  • 1836 - Texas proclaimed independence from Mexico.
  • 1877 - Republican Rutheford B. Hayes was declared winner of the 1876 presidential election over Democrat Samuel Tilden, even though Tilden had won the popular vote.
  • 1962 - Philadelphia's Wilt Chamberlain set the single-game NBA scoring record with 100 points against the New York Knicks.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Utahns Divided on Minimum Wage Hike
Utahns are split over President Obama's proposal to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour....

Utahns Favor Herbert's Call for Investment in Education
More than two-thirds of Utahns support GOP Gov. Gary Herbert’s budget request of $500 million more for public schools next year, a UtahPolicy poll finds....

Former Salt Lake City Mayor Dee Dee Corradini Dies
The first woman to serve as Salt Lake City Mayor, Dee Dee Corradini, passed away Sunday according to multiple media reports....

Dems Praise Chaffetz's Bipartisan Leadership Style
Democrats say Rep. Jason Chaffetz is delivering on his promise tobring a newlevel of bipartisan cooperation to the House Oversight Committee....

House Working on Compromise Proposal for Medicaid Expansion
Gov. Gary Herbert’s Healthy Utah may be dead in the Utah House, but now there’s a new compromise in the works....

House Stalls Christensen's Religious Liberty Bill
At least for now, Rep. LaVar Christensen’s religious freedom bill will sit in House Rules Committee....

Featured Items

Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: What Will Lawmakers Do with Medicaid in 2015?
As the impasse over Medicaid expansion continues on Utah's Capitol Hill, our "Political Insiders" are split over whether lawmakers will be able to come to a compromise....

Meet a USTAR Investigator: Danny Chou
People with diabetes know the real struggle of successfully and safely managing the precise timing and dosages of their insulin injections. ...

New Rural Economic Development Leader at GOED Brings Decades of Experience
Val Hale, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development recently announced the appointment of Linda Clark Gillmor as the new Associate Managing Director for Urban and Rural Business Services and Director of the Office of Rural Development. ...

Second Annual Outdoor Recreation Summit Draws National Audience
One year after selling out the inaugural Utah Outdoor Recreation Summit in 2014, the Office of Outdoor Recreation has coalesced a powerful group of local and national industry leaders to discuss Utah’s influential recreation economy....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Healthy Utah is still Obamacare and should be rejected

Op-ed: Healthy Utah is what Utahns want, need and deserve

Rolly: House punts on Healthy Utah, protects GOP members

Op-ed: Conservatism supports access to medical marijuana

Op-ed: Legislative micromanaging of schools is only getting worse

Op-ed: Utahns need workplace savings plan to realize their dreams

Op-ed: Raise gas tax to help Utah roads and schools

Op-ed: Healthy Utah's costs are small compared to enormous benefits

Op-ed: Marijuana is more sensible than other, legal therapies

Editorial: Keep parties out of school board votes

Editorial: Not voting on Healthy Utah is secret government in action

Mitt Romney 'major factor' in Boston's Olympic bid

Bill to ban animal gas chambers in Utah referred for more study

Where will the prison go? List expands to five potential sites

Utah panel OKs bill boosting drug treatment, reducing sentences

House unveils counter to Healthy Utah, though with few details

County grants license to CenturyLink

House weakens ban on cellphones for drivers

Legislature will have the final say on prison move

Republicans embrace prison reform, and their liberal counterparts

Utah Senate wants halt to president's power to create national monuments

How should Utah charter schools be funded?

Deedee Corradini, Salt Lake City's first female mayor, dies

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Lessons learned from political gaffes

Mia Love: Big government needs to get out of the way, give Americans chance to rise

Bob Bennett: Climate change question should change from 'Is it real?' to 'How bad is it?'

John Florez: Lawmakers broke the state's public education system - they should own it

Op-ed: Herbert is helping Utah stay on right track

Paul Mero: Choice plays big part in debate of Utah's marijuana legalization

Op-ed: Opportunities abound for Utah businesses

Peter Corroon: State correctional facilities make push to treat mental illness

Editorial: Bill to make drug possession a misdemeanor reverses from past negative get-tough policies

Editorial: Don't delay SB54 - let the 2014 measure go forward

Bill to allow voting 'selfies' passes Utah Senate committee

Committee OKs education funding bill for qualifying families

Senate endorses bill for money to promote local Utah arts, culture

Bill to ban gas chambers at animal shelters delayed until next year

Bill seeks to remedy 'knotty' problem of math illiteracy

Some GOP House members disagree with blocking Healthy Utah

Social services advocates urge lawmakers to restore earmarked revenues

Educators call for funding, legislation to strengthen local control

Prison Relocation Commission ready to dial back in governor, full Legislature

Lawmaker seeks to alter Wasatch Front car dealer landscape

Utah assails Obama's Clean Power Plan

Deedee Corradini, Salt Lake's first and only female mayor, has passed away


Editorial: House must allow debate on health care (Daily Herald)

Utah governor: Utah is becoming a technology haven (Daily Herald)

Prison Relocation Commission wants to finish site selection by early summer (Daily Herald)

Prison Relocation Commission: who are they and who controls the final decision? (Daily Herald)

Local legislators address health care, transportation and prison (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Healthy Utah bill should be heard (Standard-Examiner)

Bill to stabilize general assistance aid advances in Senate (Standard-Examiner)

Low-income advocates urge lawmakers to sunset earmarks to help struggling Utahns (Standard-Examiner)

Utah ranks OK for infrastructure but canals are a worry (Standard-Examiner)

Bill may make it easier to terminate teachers (Standard-Examiner)

Herbert, others speak at Lincoln Day Dinner (Logan Herald Journal)

Cache Valley legislators expect gas tax hike (Logan Herald Journal)

Despite public, Senate support, Utah House blocks hearing of Healthy Utah Plan (SU Independent)

Editorial: Abandoning Accord would be an unpardonable mistake (Park Record)

HOA bill passes both the Legislature (Park Record)

County Council divided on Mountain Accord (Park Record)

In Mountain Accord, is there a 'grand bargain' or a 'non-answer?' (Park Record)

National Headlines

Rand Paul wins CPAC straw poll, with Scott Walker right behind (Politico)

Politicking in America is nothing new for Benjamin Netanyahu (Politico)

Kerry contradicts Rice: Netanyahu is 'welcome to speak' in US (The Hill)

Graham helps kick off AIPAC with UN funding cut threat (The Hill)

Gauntlet awaits Internet rules (The Hill)

Congress passes stopgap funding for Homeland Security (Wall Street Journal)

Scott Walker admits to flipping on immigration (Associated Press)

Homeland Security funding drama darkens U.S. fiscal outlook (Reuters)

Pot calls kettle black: Rahm on Chuy's property tax vote (Sun-Times)

Former Democratic Governor Wants 2016; Takes Shot At Hillary (FOX News)

Colorado Sold 17 Tons Of Retail Marijuana In First Legal Year (Huffington Post)


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