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Situational awareness - January 22, 2018

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. 

The Utah Legislature gets underway today. Join Contributing Editor Bob Bernick and me for a Facebook Live chat about what we can expect during the next 45 days. We'll be taking your questions and giving our thoughts on what will happen during the session. Join us on our Facebook page sometime around 9 am.

Government shutdown enters day three. Utah lawmakers return to the hill. Tax reform should be a top issue during the 2018 Legislature.

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Here's what's driving the day:

Lawmakers head back to the Hill

Here are some of the big issues and important legislation lawmakers will consider during over the next 45 days [Utah Policy].

What Gov. Herbert is watching the next 45 days

Gov. Gary Herbert says he's paying attention to tax reform and possible changes to the way the Utah Transit Authority is governed as the 2018 session gets underway [Utah Policy].


Gov. Gary Herbert previews the 2018 Legislature with Managing Editor Bryan Schott. They also talk about Utah's economy, why Herbert is raising so much money if he's not running again in 2020, and Mitt Romney's political plans [Utah Policy].

Tax reform or bust

Our "Political Insiders" doubt lawmakers will be able to do anything significant with tax reform during the 2018 session [Utah Policy].

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Finding a solution for clear air in Utah

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Policy News

IT Pathways program powers up
The Governor's Office of Economic Development and Silicon Slopes announced the official kick-off of the IT Pathways program, including three pilot regions and the creation of an industry-led board to oversee the program. ...

Autonomous Solutions, Inc. to grow at home
The Governor's Office of Economic Development announced Autonomous Solutions, Inc. will expand in Utah, adding up to 135 high-paying jobs to the community and $3.3 million in new state tax revenue. ...

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Michelle Quist: Do you believe lobbyists play a 'skintern' game at the Utah capitol, or will you not believe me unless I give you names?

Op-ed: Hatch's final act for Utah should be a repeal of the tax on medical devices

Editorial: Keep the government running

Utah tech leaders say their industry is booming - but it needs more women, more diversity and more people to move here to fill jobs

United Utah party backs $715 million-a-year school funding initiative, but state's Democrats and GOP aren't choosing sides

Port developer attacks Oakland coal ban and city's claims that Utah shipments would endanger public health

Say goodbye to skyrocketing drug prices, shortages. Utah's Intermountain Healthcare starts its own company to combat pharmaceutical exploitation.

Gehrke: Legislature still has a long way to go before it can take a bow for clearing Utah's filthy air

What would a government shutdown mean? Here's what stays open, what closes

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Slavery in Utah thrives on ignorance

Op-ed: Cutting the byzantine taxes on small businesses

Greg Bell: Washington still has a lot to learn from the state of Utah

Editorial: Utilize tax cuts to help employees prepare for retirement

Boyd Matheson named Deseret News Opinion Editor and Head of Strategic Reach

Bill calls for state oversight of drilling on federal land

Utah County Attorney Jeff Buhman won't run for re-election

Summit draws 14k for celebration of Utah tech scene

Amazon says thanks, no thanks, to Utah's HQ2 proposal

Rep. Rob Bishop introduces medical marijuana research bill


Utah County Attorney announces he will not run for re-election (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

GOP bouncing back in 2018 polls after tax cuts (Axios)

Was Lynch coordinating with Comey in the Clinton investigation? (The Hill)

Senator says FBI lost crucial texts tied to Clinton probe (Reuters)

More texts turned over from FBI agent taken off Mueller team (Associated Press)

Richest one percent made 82% of wealth created last year (AFP)

Obama Mocked Trump's Political Ambitions. Trump Spent His First Year Dismantling Obama's Legacy (Daily Caller)

Pence arrives in Israel as Trump's Jerusalem move reverberates (AFP)

Jordan's king tells Pence U.S. must rebuild trust after Jerusalem decision (Reuters)

Day 3 of government shutdown ends with no deal; vote pushed to Monday (NBC News)

As federal shutdown continues, states bail out Lady Liberty, Grand Canyon (Washington Post)

Could Amazon's new headquarters flip the presidential vote in a swing state? (Washington Post)

Wise Words

Develop Success

"Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success." Dale Carnegie

Lighter Side

New Event

"North Korea has announced that it will send a group of citizens called the "cheering squad" to next month's Winter Olympics. And many of them are expected to actually compete in a new event called the "400 Meter Defection." Conan O'Brien

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