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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday - June 17, 2015

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is "National Eat Your Vegetables Day." 

Residents speak out at the only public hearing on relocating the prison. Democrats ask Miller to stay away from interim meetings. Utah's budget surplus continues to grow.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 55
  • Days to the 2015 election - 139
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 216
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 223
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 224
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election - 378
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 511

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. The race for the White House: Donald Trump jumps into the 2016 Republican field [Politico]. Singer Neil Young slams Trump for using his song "Rockin' in the Free World" without permission [Mother Jones]. Jeb Bush "slow jams" the news with Jimmy Fallon [NBC News].
  2. Residents give Utah lawmakers an earful during the only public hearing on relocating the Utah State Prison [Tribune, Deseret News, ABC 4].
  3. Utah House Democrats ask Rep. Justin Miller to stay away from Wednesday's interim meeting because his presence there could cause a distraction [Utah Policy].
  4. Utah's budget surplus keeps getting bigger, ballooning to between $20 million and $180 million [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  5. Lawmakers advance a plan to use public funds to defend a San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman who is accused of illegally riding his ATV into Recapture Canyon [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News, Fox 13, KUER].
  6. An interim legislative committee approves a $2 million contract for the effort to take control of public lands within Utah's borders from the federal government [Utah Policy].
  7. The Salt Lake City Council approves a $255 million budget for next year, which is a 6-percent spending increase over last year [Tribune, Deseret News, Fox 13].
  8. The Salt Lake County Council is expected to give the thumbs-up to Mayor Ben McAdams' $1.1 billion budget proposal later this week [Tribune].
  9. A new report says millennials in Utah are more likely to be homeowners than their contemporaries in other states [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  10. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals rules Utah cannot prosecute tribal members for crimes committed on tribal lands [Deseret News, Fox 13].

On this day in history:

  • 1775 - The Battle of Bunker Hill took place near Boston during the Revolutionary War.
  • 1885 - The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York City aboard the French ship Isere.
  • 1963 - The Supreme Court struck down rules requiring the recitation of the Lord's Prayer or the reading of Biblical verses in public schools.
  • 1972 - The Watergate scandal began with the arrest of five burglars inside Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate complex in Washington.
  • 1994 - After leading police on a chase through Southern California, O.J. Simpson was arrested and charged with murder in the slayings of his ex-wife, Nicole, and Ronald Goldman.

Today At Utah Policy

Utah's Budget Picture Improves Again
And the money just keeps rolling on in....

Democrats Ask Miller to Stay Away from Interim Day
A number of members of the House Democratic Caucus have asked embattled Rep. Justin Miller (D-Salt Lake City) to stay away from Wednesday's interim meetings because his presence could become a distraction....

Lawmakers Recommend Plan to Pay Legal Fees for County Commissioner Accused of Illegal ATV Ride
The state of Utah efforts to pay legal fees for San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman, convicted of illegally driving an ATV into Recapture Canyon in a protest against BLM  road closures, took another step forward Tuesday when a special public lands committee voted to...

Weekly Survey: Where Should the Utah Prison Move?
Lawmakers are considering four potential sites for a new Utah State Prison. Which site do you think would be the best for a new facility, or should the prison move at all? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Legislature Approves $2 Million for Public Lands Effort
The Utah Legislature will hire three of the most respected and expensive local lobbyists to work on public land issues, but oddly enough the three won’t be able actually to lobby – since it is illegal under Utah law for the state to use taxpayer dollars to lobby....

Chaffetz: Obama Needs to Fire OPM Chief
Rep. Jason Chaffetz says the leadership of the Office of Personnel Management should resign or be fired amid revelations of a massive hack that exposed the personal data of millions of government workers....

Featured Items

Utah Governor Concludes Western European Trade Mission at Paris Air Show
Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert, along with key officials from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and the Economic Development Corporation of Utah, attended the Paris Air Show, the last stop on Governor Herbert’s European trade mission. ...

Utah's Millennials 2nd in the Nation in Home Ownership
Across the United States, members of the Millennial generation (born 1981 through the mid-2000’s) appear to be postponing major life decisions such as getting married, having children, and buying homes.  Here in Utah, new research from the Utah Foundation says the...

Health Catalyst is Keeping the Jobs at Home
Health Catalyst, along with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development , announced that the company will expand at its headquarters location in Salt Lake City. The expansion is expected to create 291 jobs....

Top Trucking Company Rolls into Utah
Prime Inc., along with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, announced that Prime will open new operations in Utah, creating more than 100 new jobs and more than $40 million in capital investment....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Transit tax hike will need widespread support

Editorial: Miller has lost effectiveness and should quit

Study: Utah 'millennials' more likely to buy homes than national peers

Rolly: Becker's bravado - Burbank and golfers and water, oh my!

Appeals court halts state prosecutions of Utes for crimes on tribal land

Utah's booming economy, tax hikes mean more money for government

SLC Council approves spending jump for new cars, cops and trees

County Council OK by McAdams' budget

Utah lawmaker gets GOP support to invest state funds in defense of county commissioner convicted for canyon ATV ride

At only public meeting, Utah residents decry prison commission's methods and mission

Deseret News

Richard Davis: Having lost public and voters' trust, Justin Miller should resign

Editorial: Congress doesn't understand that fast-track trade authority for Obama is in country's best interests

New public safety positions highlight Salt Lake City budget

Federal overreach? Public lands commission wants legal analysis of ATV trespass case

Appellate court judges blast Utah, 3 counties in tribal jurisdiction case

Utahns tell prison relocation commission: 'Keep it in Draper'


Op-ed: President Obama's absurd war on coal (Standard-Examiner)

Editorial: Utah grows some political muscle (Standard-Examiner)

Stephens reappointed as Weber schools superintendent (Standard-Examiner)

How Utah delegation voted on Obama's trade agenda (Standard-Examiner)

Cache School Distict selects new board member (Logan Herald Journal)

Taxes set to increase in Logan City School District (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Democrats face gut-check moment on spending (Politico)

Donald Trump: I'm rich, and I'm running for president (Politico)

Issa escorted out of Benghazi deposition (The Hill)

Boehner takes his retribution (The Hill)

Rachel Dolezal breaks her silence (TODAY)

Fed's worst nightmare: The 'ghost of 1937' (CNBC)

How Donald Trump Stole Jeb Bush's Moment (TIME)

Head of hacked U.S. agency says problems 'decades in the making' (Reuters)

Sanders gains on Clinton in New Hampshire poll (CNN)

U.S. House buys time on trade bill until July 30 (Reuters)

Colorado Ruling a Setback for Legal Weed (Newsweek)


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