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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday - April 15, 2015

Good Wednesday morning. It's Tax Day 2015!

Former Gov. Norm Bangerter dies following a stroke. Most Utahns think lawmakers will find a compromise on Medicaid expansion before the July deadline. An outside group is spending $200,000 on ads supporting Sen. Mike Lee.

Countdown:

  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 118
  • Days to the 2015 election - 202
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 279
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 286
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 287
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary - 441
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 574

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Former Utah Governor Norm Bangerter dies following a stroke. He was 82. [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  2. The latest UtahPolicy.com survey finds most Utahns think lawmakers will come up with a compromise on Medicaid expansion before the July 31 deadline [Utah Policy].
  3. Citizens United is spending $200,000 on ads supporting Sen. Mike Lee [Tribune].
  4. Salt Lake City leaders want to put a proposed sales tax hike before voters in November [Deseret News, Tribune].
  5. Sen. Orrin Hatch says the IRS should find ways to spend its money more wisely in order to serve taxpayers better [The Hill].
  6. Rep. Jason Chaffetz says the head of the Drug Enforcement Agency should step down following revelations employees engaged in parties with prostitutes while stationed overseas [Associated Press].
  7. Neil Ashdown, Sen. Lee's Chief of Staff, resigns a few months after taking the position [Deseret News].
  8. Utah college students will pay more in fees next year to cover non-academic costs [Tribune].
  9. Gas prices in Utah climb above the national average [Deseret News].
  10. It's tax day. Here are some freebies you can take advantage of today [Bloomberg].

On this day in history:

  • 1865 - President Abraham Lincoln died after he was shot the night before at Ford's Theatre in Washington. Vice President Andrew Johnson was sworn in as his successor.
  • 1912 - The luxury liner Titanic sank in the northern Atlantic Ocean after striking an iceberg.
  • 1947 - Jackie Robinson became the first black major league baseball player when he debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
  • 2013 - Two pressure cooker bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring more than 260.


Today At Utah Policy


Poll: Utahns Optimistic Lawmakers Can Find a Compromise on Medicaid Expansion by July 31
Most Utahns think GOP Gov. Gary Herbert’s “Super 6” committee can reach some compromise on Medicaid expansion by mid-summer, a new UtahPolicy poll shows....

Former Governor Norm Bangerter Passes Following Stroke
Former Utah Governor Norm Bangerter passed away Tuesday after suffering a stroke. ...

Chaffetz Calls for DEA Chief's Head
Rep. Jason Chaffetz says Michele Leonhart should step down or be fired amid allegations that DEA agents attended drug cartel-funded sex parties while stationed overseas....

Weekly Survey: Will the Utah GOP Comply with SB 54?
Last week a federal judge ruled against the Utah GOP's request for a preliminary injunction to keep SB 54 from going into effect. Even though litigation is still pending, do you think the party will make the changes required to comply with the law? Vote now in our weekly...

Featured Items


Mayor Becker Takes Action to Protect City Water Supply in Face of Climate Change Impacts
Mayor Ralph Becker is working to protect Salt Lake City’s water supply in the face of another year of below average snow levels and spring run-off for Salt Lake City by declaring a Stage 1 Advisory in accordance with the Salt Lake City Water Shortage Contingency Plan.&...

Gov. Herbert Announces Selection of Utah's Delegation for National Youth Science Camp
Gov. Gary R. Herbert announced today that Erik Hans Fronberg and Zachary Miles Zundel have been selected as the two most promising young scientific leaders in Utah’s 2015 high school graduating class. ...

Tom Post, Former Managing Editor of Forbes Media, to Address the New Era of Journalism at Governor's Economic Summit on April 17
What would you ask one of journalism’s most venerated editors and reporters if you had the chance? ...

Larry H. Miller Group of Companies Becomes EDCUtah Founding Partner
From the very beginning, Larry H. Miller had the philosophy: "Have a little fun, make a little money and take care of the customer." This belief is what has motivated thousands of employees for decades and propelled a simple beginning in the automotive parts i...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Depleted Uranium proposal does not add up

Citizens United spending $200,000 on Mike Lee ads

Why are the U.'s nursing programs rejecting qualified applicants?

Utah Radiation Control Board insists depleted uranium hearings go on

Salt Lake City leaders want tax increase for transportation on November's ballot

A leader who was not afraid to make tough decisions: Cohorts, rivals react to Bangerter's passing

Rolly: Minus Mia's help, this couple got little Love on Arches hiking tour

Rolly: My long train ride with Bangerter and what made him a great guv

Former Utah Gov. Norm Bangerter, who was in politics 'for the right reasons,' dies after stroke

Deseret News

Op-ed: Energy exports are good for Utah's small businesses

Andy Koenig: April 20 is Utah's real tax day

Poll: Strong approval ratings for Gov. Gary Herbert, Sens. Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch

Sen. Lee's chief of staff resigns

S.L. County has long 'to-do list' in advance of community preservation vote in November

Gov. Norm Bangerter remembered

Salt Lake City leaders support putting county sales tax hike on ballot

Former Gov. Norm Bangerter dies after suffering stroke

Sen. Hatch's 'I-Squared' bill could more than double cap on high-skill visas

End of an era: Mercury rule shutters Utah's oldest power plant

Other

Op-ed: Even with reforms, UTA executive salaries and benefits are outrageous (Standard-Examiner)

Utah ranks 7th in getting biggest bang for its tax dollars (Standard-Examiner)

Not enough money in tourism grants in Box Elder (Standard-Examiner)

Utah Republican Party denied injunction (Park Record)

National Headlines

How Ben Cardin and Bob Corker clinched the Iran deal (Politico)

Obama taking Cuba off terrorism list (Politico)

Iran bill passes committee unanimously (The Hill)

White House: Obama would sign pending Senate deal on Iran (The Hill)

Israeli embassy trolls White House (The Hill)

Hillary Clinton Vows Campaign-Finance Fix (Wall Street Journal)

Why Hillary Clinton should take a pay cut (CNN)

After '08 caucus, Clinton seeks redemption in Iowa (McClatchy)

Christie Calls For Social Security Cuts (Wall Street Journal)

#EqualPayDay: Are employers ready to oblige? (Christian Science Monitor)

Doctor tied to Menendez indicted on Medicare fraud charges (Washington Post)

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