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Situational awareness - March 11, 2019

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City.

Here are the stories we're following today:

  • Lawmakers say if they don't pass tax reform this year, they won't have enough money to fund Utah's government next year.
  • Budget negotiations are ongoing, but House and Senate Republicans still haven't made a deal.
  • There are still a number of big issues to tackle before the Utah Legislature adjourns Thursday night.
  • President Trump set to unveil his budget proposal which includes deep cuts. 

Trivia winners!

Quite a few readers knew the first woman to be elected chair of a national political party was Jean Westwood of Price who became the chair of the Democratic Party in 1972. The first three readers who submitted a correct answer were:

  • Natalie Gordon 
  • Crystal Young-Otterstrom
  • Charlie Roberts

Stump Mike Mower update: 

Even though he wasn't one of the first three to answer, Mike Mower did submit the correct answer to our question. That means the $25 Amazon gift card is still up for grabs. If you'd like to submit a question and try to stump Mike, send it to me at bschott@utahpolicy.com.

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Today is the 70th day of the year. There are 295 days remaining in 2019.

3 days until the final day of the 2019 Utah Legislature (3/14/2019)

40 days to the Utah Libertarian Party state convention (4/20/2019)

54 days to the Utah State Republican Party Organizing Convention (5/4/2019)

84 days until the municipal election filing period opens (6/3/2019)

88 days until the municipal election filing period ends (6/7/2019)

103 days to the Utah State Democratic Party Organizing Convention (6/22/2019)

155 days to the 2019 Utah primary elections (8/13/2019)

239 days to the 2019 municipal elections (11/5/2019)

322 days to the first day of the 2020 Utah Legislature (1/27/2020)

330 days to the 2020 Iowa Caucuses (2/3/2020)

598 days until the 2020 presidential election (11/3/2020)

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_07.jpgLawmakers are pushing tax reform to a special session later this year. Here's why the changes are critical

Lawmakers have just under four months to fix the imbalance in the tax system before they have to take drastic measures to fund the basic operations of state government. That was the dire warning delivered by House Speaker Brad Wilson, R-Kaysville, during an exclusive interview with UtahPolicy.com on Friday.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_04.jpgLawmakers still have some big issues to tackle in the 2019 session

 As of Monday morning, there will be a little less than 90 hours left in the 2019 Utah Legislature. As lawmakers move into crunch time ahead of Thursday night's adjournment there are still a number of big issues still to be decided.
images/1000px_Mugs/Jeremiah_Davies.jpegGuest opinion: Two apprenticeship bills help expand the American dream

Jason is your average 17-year-old high school senior who lives in South Salt Lake. Now's the time to plan for what he should do after graduation. All his friends are going to universities, and he's thought about it too, but ultimately, it just doesn't feel right for him. He's interested in other careers, but he feels pressured to go to a university like his friends.
images/1000px_Screenshots/20190310_McAdams_Fox.jpgMcAdams defends capitalism, pushes back against 'radical' ideas coming from fellow Democrats

Rep. Ben McAdams defended capitalism on Sunday morning, saying he's not on board with the talk about socialism coming from some of his Democratic colleagues in the House.
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpg'Like a guy on a 23-day bender' - Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 412

Week #6 of the Utah Legislature comes to a close. Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick explain what happened on the Hill.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_05.jpgBudget negotiations stall as House Republicans pitch a minimal spending plan until tax reform passes

House Republican leaders are pitching what they call a "skinny plan" for next year's budget, with the intention to re-open the spending document once they pass tax reform later this year.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_16.jpgHouse passes inland port bill

 A controversial inland port bill passed the House on Friday and turned out not to be so controversial after all.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_13.jpgLegislators pull plug on massive sales tax bill, but will bring it back in special session (UPDATED)

Even though Utah House GOP leaders had the votes to pass a huge sales tax reform bill Friday, after a scurry of meetings and top-level discussions on Capitol Hill Thursday, GOP Gov. Gary Herbert and Republican legislative leaders decided to scuttle HB441 for now, study the whole issue for several months while traveling the state getting citizen input, and then meet in a spring or early summer special session to reform state sales taxes, broaden the base to include thousands of services not now taxed.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Beer_Store.jpgHouse Republicans blame 'beer hysteria' for controversy surrounding higher alcohol beer

It was clear after a House GOP caucus Thursday if it wasn't before that there will not be a bill passed this session allowing Utah retail outlets to sell so-called "heavy beer."
images/1000px_Mugs/Bernick_Mug_01.jpgBob Bernick's notebook: Legislature takes a step toward fixing Congress

Sometimes it takes a little bit of luck, and maybe just plain old fatigue.
images/1000px_Screenshots/20190307_Stewart_Fox.jpgStewart: 'You have to believe in unicorns to accept the Green New Deal as realistic policy'

Rep. Chris Stewart said Thursday the new progressive wing of the Democratic party is proposing policies that make most Americans "shake their heads."
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_15.jpgThe sponsor of a bill being held by the House Rules Committee pulls a legislative end-around

Sometimes there are several ways to skin a cat in the Utah Legislature.

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President Trump will unveil his budget proposal on Monday. Trump's spending proposal includes $8.6 billion in new funding for the wall on the border with Mexico - https://reut.rs/2J51skk

Senate Republicans have until Friday to find a way out of a showdown over Trump's emergency declaration. The Senate must vote by Friday on a resolution to block President Trump's emergency declaration which allows him to shift funding to build his border wall without Congressional approval. Currently, there are enough Republican votes to pass the measure, setting up a probable veto by Trump - http://bit.ly/2J5AqJQ

Schiff says Mueller made a "mistake" by not demanding Trump testify under oath. The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said it might be more expedient to avoid subpoenaing Trump because the president could fight the move in court - https://wapo.st/2J4vSTZ

Trump told RNC donors "Democrats hate Jewish people." Trump was referring to comments by freshman Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar. Trump also reportedly went on a "bizarre tangent" about being alone in the White House over Christmas - http://bit.ly/2J6p08K

Biden leads in Iowa. A new poll gives the former vice president a 2-point lead over Sen. Bernie Sanders in the early 2020 state. Biden is expected to jump into the Democratic nomination race soon - http://bit.ly/2TEoYsG

Fox News condemns comments by Pirro. Fox host Jeannie Pirro suggested this weekend Rep. Ilhan Omar is not loyal to the Constitution because she wears a hijab - https://politi.co/2TMHwXW

Gillibrand aide resigned in protest over her office's handling of sex harassment claims. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who is running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, is one of the most outspoken advocates of the #MeToo movement. A female aide resigned in protest over the handling of her own sexual harassment complaint by Gillibrand's office - https://politi.co/2JjtrgD

Republicans claim the Green New Deal would cost $93 trillion, but that number is bogus. The number came from a conservative think tank that made huge assumptions about how Democrats would implement the plan - https://politi.co/2THLBfI

Uncle Sam watching for disability cheats? The Trump administration is working on a proposal to use social media posts to identify people who claim Social Security disability benefits without being disabled - https://nyti.ms/2JfdJmG

Tucker Carlson made misogynistic and sexist comments. Newly unearthed audio discovered the current Fox News host called into a shock-jock radio show between 2006 and 2011 where he appeared to defend Warren Jeffs and statutory rape - http://bit.ly/2J21Dgf

America is set to become the largest energy exporter in the world. The U.S. will surpass Saudi Arabia later this year in exports of oil, natural gas and petroleum products - https://cnn.it/2TFsW4h


1824 - The U.S. War Department created the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

1941 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Lend-Lease Act into law, allowing American-built war supplies to be shipped to the Allies on loan.

1985 - Mikhail Gorbachev is elected to the position of General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union making him the USSR's last head of state.

1993 - Janet Reno is confirmed by the U.S. Senate becoming the first female Attorney General of the U.S.

Policy News

images/1000px_Logos/WTC_Utah_Logo.pngWorld Trade Center Utah partners with local resources to help women achieve economic success internationally
World Trade Center Utah co-hosted an International Women's Day Celebration on March 8 in cooperation with the Women's Business Center of Utah and the Salt Lake Chamber.
Utah State Treasurer David Damschen announced the appointment of Justin Atwater as the director of the newly created Land Trusts Protection and Advocacy Office
Utah State Treasurer David Damschen announced the appointment of Justin Atwater as the director of the newly created Land Trusts Protection and Advocacy Office.
Join WTC Utah on March 19 for a diplomatic luncheon with Hungary
World Trade Center Utah, in partnership with the Governor's Office of Economic Development, is delighted to host a diplomatic luncheon welcoming His Excellency Dr. Lszl Szab, Ambassador of Hungary to the United States.
During national awareness week Utah AG shares five tips to fight fraud
In observance of National Consumer Protection Week, Utah Attorney General Sean D. Reyes reminded Utah citizens to defend themselves from fraud by observing the following five tips:
images/Logos/UtahgovLogo.jpegOnline tools help track new bills in Utah
With the start of the 2019 legislative session, Utah residents turn their attention to the business of state government. Utah.Gov and the Utah State Legislature work to provide useful tools to help Utahans track legislation and learn more about what legislators are proposing.

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