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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday - March 25, 2015

Utahns don't want surpluses used for tax cuts. Google Fiber is coming to Salt Lake City. College tuition hike on the table.

Countdown:

  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 139
  • Days to the 2015 election - 223
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 299
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 306
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary - 461
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 594

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Poll: Utahns want budget surpluses spent on state needs instead of tax cuts [Utah Policy].
  2. Gov. Gary Herbert signs a number of bills from the 2015 session including regulations on e-cigarettes and the creation of a white-collar crime registry [Deseret News, Tribune].
  3. Sister Helen Prejean, author of "Dead Man Walking," says Utah's reinstating of the firing squad in executions will hasten the demise of the death penalty in America [Tribune, Deseret News].
  4. Salt Lake City announces Google's super-fast fiber optic network is coming to the city [Tribune, Deseret News].
  5. Stericycle wants to double how much medical waste they incinerate once their new site opens in Tooele County [Deseret News, Tribune].
  6. The Supreme Court takes up a challenge to an EPA rule limiting the amount of mercury, arsenic and other toxic emissions allowed in the air [U.S. News and World Report].
  7. The Utah Board of Regents is considering a 3-percent tuition hike for next year, which would be the lowest in the past 15 years [Deseret News].
  8. The number of Utahns diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease is expected to jump 45% by the year 2025 [KSL].
  9. A bill awaiting Gov. Herbert's signature could kill Salt Lake City's efforts to regulate taxicabs as well as rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft [Tribune].
  10. Boston Olympic organizers want a public referendum on the city hosting the 2024 games, which could leave the U.S. without a bid city for that year [Chicago Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1807 - The English Parliament abolished the slave trade.
  • 1911 - A fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Co. factory in New York City killed 146 workers. The tragedy led to the establishment of many workplace safety laws.
  • 1994 - U.S. forces completed a withdrawal from Mogadishu, Somalia except for a small number of soldiers left behind to provide support for U.N. peacekeepers.
  • 1996 - An 81-day standoff by the antigovernment Freemen began at a ranch in Montana.


Today At Utah Policy


Poll: Utahns Want Surpluses Spent on State Needs, Not Tax Cuts
Utah lawmakers had more than $700 in surplus funds to spend this year. Utahns think those big surpluses should be spent on state needs rather than cutting taxes....

Huntsman Pays Tribute to Lee Kuan Yew, Father of the 'Singapore Miracle'
In a Politico op-ed, Jon Huntsman Jr. relates the three core lessons he learned as a young ambassador to Singapore 25 years ago from the statesman and nation-builder Lee Kuan Yew....

Utah is Less Dependent on Federal Funding Than a Majority of States
A new study says Utah is the 15th least-dependent state on federal funding....

Salt Lake City in Top-15 Cities for Economic Confidence
Salt Lake City residents generally feel pretty good about the economy according to the latest Gallup survey of economic confidence....

As Many as 20 Candidates Could Vie for the GOP Nomination in 2016
Ted Cruz has already declared his candidacy for president in 2016. He's one of the first in what could be the largest field of GOP candidates in recent history....

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Investments in Salt Lake City attract Google Fiber

Rolly: Utah turns to award-winning comedy to boost voter registration

'Dead Man Walking' nun: Utah's firing squad reveals brutality of capital punishment

Guv signs e-cig bill, white-collar crime registry and more

Salt Lake City becomes latest Google Fiber city

SLC regulations for taxis, ridesharing could soon be moot

Deseret News

Editorial: Legislative subsidy for USU athletics - leveling the field or creating a slippery slope?

Richard Davis: Demos shouldn't decide too quickly on presidential candidate

Op-ed: A 24-hour city deserves a 24-hour library

Jay Evensen: Movie industry subsidies don't provide much in return

Op-ed: Gov. Herbert should veto SB136

Op-ed: Is Gov. Herbert listening to those who oppose wood-burning restrictions?

Op-ed: State Legislature could avoid headaches by keeping the prison in Draper

Utah plan for endangered prarie dogs approved

3 percent college tuition increase on the table for 2015-16

Embracing change: Utah County leaders examine real estate development

Firing squad's return in Utah may hasten end of death penalty, Sister Prejean says

Gov. signs white-collar crime, 'right to try,' e-cigarette bills

UTA aims to reduce emissions on paratransit buses

Salt Lake City to become next Google Fiber city

National Headlines

Ted Cruz's strategy: Destroy the 'mushy middle' (Politico)

Jeb's South Carolina firewall fails to take shape (Politico)

Senator says military members on ISIS 'kill list' need help 'immediately' (The Hill)

Obama puts drawdown of US troops in Afghanistan on hold (The Hill)

Senior lawmakers feeling 'left out' after news of Israeli spying (The Hill)

Obama Veterans Laugh at the Idea That Ted Cruz Can Copy Their Formula (Bloomberg)

Coats's retirement could make Indiana matter in Senate majority battle (Washington Post)

Ohio gov Kasich in NH, coy on possible White House run (Boston Herald)

Video Shows 'Extremely Intoxicated' Secret Service Agents Ramming White House Barricade (Newsweek)

Indiana governor signs 'right to try' drug law (CBS News)

Gov. Christie: Candidates Need To Be Blunt To Win (CBS News)

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