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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday - September 17, 2014

Utah ends fiscal year with a budget surplus. Ginsburg talks same-sex marriage. Utahns agree with the work requirement in Gov. Herbert's Healthy Utah plan.


  • Days to the 2014 midterm election - 48
  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 131
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 176
  • Days to the 2015 election - 412
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) - 488
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 783

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. The state ends the fiscal year with a $166 million budget surplus [Tribune, Deseret News].
  2. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says same-sex marriage cases in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee will likely impact how and when the high court deals with the issue [Politico].
  3. Utahns think low-income individuals should get help from the government to afford health insurance, but they should be either working or looking for work to receive that assistance [Utah Policy].
  4. Sen. Mike Lee is named the new chairman of the Senate Steering Committee, a caucus of conservative senators in Washington [Tribune].
  5. Sen. John Valentine is one step away from being confirmed as the new chair of the Utah Tax Commission [Daily Herald].
  6. The Utah Transit Authority is cutting the top bonuses paid to executives from $30,000 to $7,500 [Tribune].
  7. Congress passes a bill sponsored by Sen. Orrin Hatch and Rep. Jim Matheson to reauthorize a program to aid emergency responders [Tribune].
  8. Box Elder County officials are reacting to news they could be the new home of the Utah State Prison [Standard-Examiner].
  9. A third rejected candidate for State School Board wants a judge to put him back on the ballot [Tribune].
  10. Salt Lake City is rebranding itself as "Ski City USA" [Tribune, Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1787 - The U.S. Constitution was completed and signed by a majority of delegates attending the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.
  • 1862 - Union forces beat back a Confederate invasion of Maryland at the battle of Antietam. Nearly 23,000 people were killed, wounded or captured, making it the bloodiest day in U.S. military history.
  • 1939 - The Soviet Union invaded Poland during World War II.
  • 1972 - The comedy series "M.A.S.H." premiered on CBS
  • 2011 - The Occupy Wall Street demonstration began in New York.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Utahns Agree with Work Requirement in Healthy Utah Plan
About two-thirds of Utahns think government should help poor people who can't afford health insurance to find coverage, but they also think those recipients should contribute to the cost and that they should be either working or looking for work to receive benefits....

Here's the First Round of Mia Love's Campaign Ads
For the curious, here's the first wave of radio and TV ads from Republican Congressional candidate Mia Love....

How Smell Factors Into Politics
This is weird. A new study suggests body odor may determine whether you associate with others who share your political ideology. Yes, really....

One of Mitt Romney's Biggest Backers Thinks He's Going to Run in 2016
Anthony Scaramucci of SkyBridge Capital, who served as Romney's national finance co-chair in 2012, says he thinks Mitt Romney will end up on the GOP ballot in 2016....

Poll: Once Republicans Understand Herbert's Healthy Utah Plan, They Support It
If GOP Gov. Gary Herbert can get Republican legislators to feel about his “Healthy Utah” insurance plan for low-income Utahns like Utah Republican voters feel about it – the plan should sail through the GOP-controlled Legislature....

Washington Post Columnist George Will to Speak in Utah
Syndicated columnist George F. Will is set to speak in Salt Lake City this week on Thursday....

Featured Items

Governor Announces 2014 Revenue Surplus
Utah’s economy is the second strongest in the nation and strong economic growth has once again resulted in a budget surplus. ...

Utah Transit Authority Wins Both Praise & Criticism
At a recent meeting of the Utah Transportation Coalition, Salt Lake Chamber President/CEO Lane Beattie noted that the Chamber presented its President’s Award for Excellence to the Utah Transit Authority, on the same day UTA was the subject of a critical legislative aud...

Weekly Survey: Should Third-Party Candidates be Included in Debates?
The Utah Debate Commission says a candidate needs to meet a 10% threshold in public opinion polling to participate in this year's debates. That means no independent or third-party candidates will be included. Should the debates only feature major-party candiates, or shou...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Smaller Utah classes would pay more than they cost

Two polls, two different takes on Healthy Utah plan

Utah Sen. Mike Lee to lead conservative Senate caucus next year

BLM energy leases panned in Utah's Uinta Basin

Congress passes Hatch, Matheson bill to help EMS providers

ZAP tax earns plaudits at Salt Lake County hearing

Candidates debate in race for Salt Lake County Council seat

Jordan district eyes shortfall as equalization program expires

Utah ends budget year with $166M surplus

UTA to cut top bonuses from $30,000 to $7,500

Deseret News

Gary R. Herbert: Citizenship education critical to long-term strength of nation

Leaders detail Utah's water challenges

BLM oil leases spark protest from environmental groups

Utah job forecast better than most states

Gov. Herbert reports $166 million budget surplus

Love says commenting on Saratoga Springs shooting 'inappropriate'

Provo ranked 4th most educated city in website's analysis


Valentine to take first step toward becoming head of Utah Tax Commission (Daily Herald)

Editorial: We can't wait on Medicaid (Standard-Examiner)

Davis Democrat making early election noise (Standard-Examiner)

Utah celebrates National Aerospace Week (Standard-Examiner)

State Prison to Box Elder County? (Standard-Examiner)

County budget process begins (Park Record)

National Headlines

The challenges facing President Obama's coalition (Politico)

White House steps up lobbying on Syria (Politico)

Democrats splinter on Syria vote (The Hill)

WH pushes back on talk of combat troops in Iraq (The Hill)

Citing security threat, Obama expands U.S. role fighting Ebola (Reuters)

How a Kansas ballot dispute could determine control of the US Senate (Christian Science Monitor)

St. Louis County chief defends militarization of police (USA Today)

Brown Signs Historic Groundwater Legislation (KVPR)

ObamaCare subsidies could be paying for abortions, GAO finds (The Hill)

Mayor to Speak at Conference for English Labour Party (NY1)

Poll: Americans among most skeptical about global trade (USA Today)

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