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Situational Analysis - October 16, 2020

Welcome to Friday. Enjoy the weekend. Wear a mask. If you don't have a mask, I have a welder's helmet you can borrow.

TICK TOCK

3 days to the 2nd Congressional district debate (10/19/2020)
5 days to the Utah Attorney General debate (10/21/2020)
6 days to the third presidential debate (10/22/2020)
18 days to the 2020 election (11/3/2020)
95 days to inauguration day (01/20/2021)
101 days to the start of the 2021 Utah Legislature (1/25/2021)


Today At Utah Policy

images/mugs-300/Howard_Stephenson.pngConstitutional Amendment G will protect education funding during lean years
By Howard Stephenson
As a member and sometimes chair of the Public Education Appropriations Committee during my 26 years in the Utah Senate, without question, the most difficult challenge we faced was the task of cutting school district and charter school spending during economic downturns. Following the 9/11 recession we had to cut $110 million from public education funding and it took three years before we were able to restore funding to its previous level. But the Great Recession triggered by the 2008 collapse in the housing market, forced our committee to cut a whopping $787 million from public education. It took nine years to restore funding to the 2008 level of $3.6 billion.
images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgWebb's Wrap: Campaign mailer wins bonehead prize . . . Turkey saga continues
By LaVarr Webb
I know all about stepping in the poop, because I have chickens, ducks, geese and, yes, wild turkeys. But the Utah Democratic Party really stepped in it by sending out a boneheaded mailer against Republican Reps. Mike Winder, Steve Eliason and Craig Hall because they "did nothing to stop" their caucus from voting to "raise our taxes." Well, in reality, all three of them voted against the legislation in question. It's true they didn't threaten to shoot someone or take family members hostage to get their fellow Republicans to oppose the tax reform bill (which actually cut taxes, overall). But, for criminy's sake, THEY VOTED AGAINST IT! It's not exactly fair to blame Winder, Eliason and Hall for votes taken by other Republicans
images/mugs-300/Marie_Poulson.jpgPolicymaker Profile: Getting to know Rep. Marie Poulson
By Staff
Utah Policy regularly profiles policymakers from across the state. In this edition we profile Rep. Marie Poulson, Democrat, District 46. Rep. Poulson is retiring after this year and we wish her well in retirement. Occupation:  Retired high school English and history teacher. Education: BA English and History BYU; Teaching Certificate.

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Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report 10-16-20
Outdoors Report -- Salt Lake Tribune: Utah sees signs of a tourism rebound and Zion sets a new record -- Salt Lake Tribune: Rep. Chris Stewart reintroduces bill to create a controversial sixth Utah national park Concerts -- "Sticks & Strings and Magical Things," Murray Symphony Orchestra, Saturday, 7 p.m., Hillcrest Junior High School, 178 East 5300 South, Murray, free
images/mugs-300/barrett_headshot.jpgRomney announces support for Judge Amy Coney Barrett
SALT LAKE CITY-U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) has announced he intends to vote to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to be an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court: "After meeting with Judge Barrett and carefully reviewing her record and her testimony, I intend to vote in favor of her confirmation to the Supreme Court. She is impressive, and her distinguished legal and academic credentials make it clear that she is exceptionally well qualified to serve as our next Supreme Court justice. I am confident that she will faithfully apply the law and our Constitution, impartially and regardless of policy preferences."
Romney joins Utah officials to unveil plan to improve wildfire policy
SALT LAKE CITY-In Millcreek on Thursday, U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) announced he will introduce legislation to establish a commission to conduct a national review of wildfire policy and make recommendations to Congress. Senator Romney was joined by Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox, Millcreek Mayor Jeff Silvestrini, and Jason Curry of the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, who spoke in support of the senator's efforts. As of October 2020, approximately 1,423 wildfires have occurred in Utah this year - burning approximately 311,000 acres. Over 75 percent of Utah's wildfires were human-caused, and the state has spent $55 million fighting fires this year. Today's announcement occurred at the entrance of Neff's Canyon, which was the site of a recent lightning strike that ignited a wildfire.
images/Logos/utah-foundation-logo.pngHomeless in Salt Lake: The COVID-19 response & people on the streets
How have Utah's homeless service providers dealt with the pandemic? Where are the efforts to address service gaps going? How should we approach those who remain on the streets from a policy standpoint? Utah Foundation's next Breakfast Briefing discussion will feature a panel of experts on the topic:

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ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

(From History.com)

1793 - Marie Antoinette is beheaded in France, following her husband, former King Louis XVI, who was executed nine months earlier.

1859 - Abolitionist John Brown leads a small group on a raid against a federal armory at Harpers Ferry, an attempt to start an armed revolt of enslaved people.

1923 - Walt Disney and is brother, Roy, found the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio in Hollywood, California. It is now one of the largest media and entertainment companies in the world.

1958 - Chevrolet introduces the El Camino, a car-truck hybrid built on the Impala body. It was inspired by the Ford Ranchero.


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Value Added: "We are here to add what we can to life, not to get what we can from life." William Osler

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