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Situational awareness - March 13, 2020

Good morning from Salt Lake City and TGIF!


  TICK TOCK  

43 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic state conventions (4/25/2020)

109 days to the 2020 Utah primary elections (6/30/2020)

235 Days to the 2020 election (11/3/2020)

318 days to the start of the 2021 Utah Legislature (1/25/2021)


Here are the stories you need to pay attention to this morning:

  • The Utah Legislature wrapped up their work for 2020 on Thursday.
  • The plan to move back the tax filing deadline for Americans could cause problems for Utah's budget.
  • Shutdowns hit major parts of American life as governments struggle to control the spread of the virus.

FRIDAY TRIVIA

This week's question comes from Peggy Burdett.

During the 1992 Utah Republican State Convention, what Utah produced comestible did Olene Walker have for delegates adorned with the logo for her congressional candidacy?

Send your answers to me at mailbag@utahpolicy.com. We will select a winner randomly from all the correct replies. 

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_09.jpgThe 2020 Legislature is in the books. What did lawmakers accomplish over the past 45 days?
By Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick
 The 2020 Utah Legislature will be remembered for, what?
images/1000px_Article_Photos/20190413_SLCO_GOP.jpgUtah Republicans, Democrats move state conventions online, postpone caucuses
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
The Utah Republican Party announced Thursday they would postpone their neighborhood caucus meetings scheduled for March 24th because of the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. Utah Democrats said they were not mandating any changes to the caucus meetings, but they are "strongly advising" that leaders find alternatives to the meetings. 
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_03.jpgDelaying tax filing deadline due to coronavirus could wreak havoc on Utah's budget
By Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott
As if the coronavirus hasn't screwed up the state's budget bad enough, now this: If the Trump administration goes through with plans to delay the April 15 federal income tax filing deadline, it could push "hundreds of millions of dollars" in state income tax receipts into the next fiscal year, making the current year run badly into the red.
images/1000px_Screenshots/20200311_Leavitt_Fox.jpgLeavitt: Now is the time to prepare, not panic, because of coronavirus
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Former Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt says now that the COVID-19 virus has reached pandemic status, it's time for Americans to remain calm but prepare for the worst.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/20200311_Ed_Funding_Agreement.jpg'A strong step forward for schools.' Lawmakers, teachers hail landmark education funding agreement
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
With the agreement announced Wednesday afternoon between pro-education groups -- especially Utah's main teacher union -- and GOP state bosses, 2020 could be the best year for public school funding ever.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Utah_Congressional_Districts_Map.jpgHouse gives final approval to independent redistricting commission changes
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Utah will have a new independent redistricting commission next year.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_12.jpgLegislators, Teachers reach agreement on massive education funding compromise, but tax cuts are probably dead this year
By Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott
Legislative leaders and representatives from the Utah Education Association have reached an agreement on a huge proposal to change funding for public schools in Utah. The agreement will be unveiled in a news conference later this afternoon UtahPolicy.com has learned. However, a proposed cut to taxes on Social Security income is probably not going to happen this year.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_30.jpgLawmakers, teachers close to a deal on constitutional changes to school funding
By Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott
 UtahPolicy.com is told that the last large group needed to make a significant change to how colleges and public schools are funded, now and in the future -- the Utah Education Association -- is close to coming on board with a legislative grand compromise.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Coronavirus_01.jpgState leaders discuss plans for fighting coronavirus spread
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Utah has started "random" testing for the coronavirus from samples doctors and hospitals have already taken from patients who were sampled for colds and the flu, said Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, the state point-man in fighting the fast-moving disease.

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  NATIONAL HEADLINES  

The great shutdown of 2020

American life is grinding to a halt because of the coronavirus.


Markets plunge again

The Dow fell 10 percent on Thursday for the worst day since the Black Monday crash in 1987 [CNBC].


Washington struggles to respond

President Donald Trump's shambolic primetime speech on Wednesday night failed to calm fears surrounding the virus, and may have made them worse [Washington Post].

House Democrats and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are closing in on an aid package for Americans affected by the coronavirus [Politico].

Democrats Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders slam the Trump administration's response to the outbreak in a pair of campaign speeches on Thursday [New York Times].

President Trump reportedly is worried about declaring a national emergency because of COVID-19 would stoke panic and undercut his message that the virus is similar to the seasonal flu [Politico].

Officials at the Centers for Disease Control said as many as 200,000 to 1.7 Americans could die under a worst-case scenario for the virus [New York Times].

The Federal Reserve will pump $1.5 trillion into the economy in an attempt to stave off a recession [Wall Street Journal].


Where are the tests?

The CDC tested only 77 people this week for the virus as testing across the nation is moving very slowly [Yahoo! News].

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top infectious disease expert at the National Institutes of Health, says testing in the U.S. is "failing" [AP].

Sick people across the U.S. say they are being denied a test for the coronavirus [New York Times].

President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence will not get tested after interacting with a Brazilian official who has been infected [Washington Post].

An Australian government official tested positive for the virus just days after meeting with Ivanka Trump and Attorney General William Barr [Washington Post].



  BUSINESS HEADLINES  



Policy News

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoors Report--KSL.com:Section of popular fishing, hunting spot near Scofield Dam closed to public--KSL.com:Officials warn Utahns about risk of flooding, swift waterways as spring nearsConcerts-- A Highland Bagpipe Experience, Utah Pipe Band, Friday, 6:30 p.m., Gallivan Center, 239 South Main Street, Salt Lake City, free but registration required-- "Classically Inspired," Salt Lake Symphony, Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Libby Gardner Hall, University of Utah, 1375 East Presidents Circle, Salt Lake City, $5-$10-- Love Stories and Vivaldi's Gloria Concert, Heber Valley Choir and Orchestra, Saturday, 7 p.m., Midway Town Hall, 100 West Main Street, Midway, $5-$8
Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoors Report--KSL.com:Section of popular fishing, hunting spot near Scofield Dam closed to public--KSL.com:Officials warn Utahns about risk of flooding, swift waterways as spring nearsConcerts-- A Highland Bagpipe Experience, Utah Pipe Band, Friday, 6:30 p.m., Gallivan Center, 239 South Main Street, Salt Lake City, free but registration required-- "Classically Inspired," Salt Lake Symphony, Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Libby Gardner Hall, University of Utah, 1375 East Presidents Circle, Salt Lake City, $5-$10-- Love Stories and Vivaldi's Gloria Concert, Heber Valley Choir and Orchestra, Saturday, 7 p.m., Midway Town Hall, 100 West Main Street, Midway, $5-$8
images/1000px_Logos/Congressional_News_02.jpgLee, Romney offer resources for Utahns affected by travel restrictions due to coronavirus
U.S. Senators Mike Lee and Mitt Romney released the following statement regarding travel restrictions to the United States:
images/1000px_Logos/Congressional_News_01.jpgRomney helps introduce Coronavirus Worker Relief Act
U.S. Senators Mitt Romney (R-UT), Gary Peters (D-MI), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Todd Young (R-IN), and Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) with U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA), John Rutherford (R-FL), and Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) introduced the Coronavirus Worker Relief Act.
images/1000px_Logos/SL_Chamber_Logo_1000.jpgChamber supports governor's preventative measures for health and economic security
Salt Lake Chamber President and CEO Derek Miller issued the following statement regarding recommendations by Governor Gary R. Herbert, Lt. Governor Spencer Cox, and the Utah Department of Health:
Mayor Erin Mendenhall declares state of local emergency
Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall declared a State of Local Emergency Tuesday evening to prepare for the potential spread of COVID-19.

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  ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY  

1781 - The planet Uranus was discovered by British astronomer William Herschel.

1862 - The U.S. federal government forbids all Union army officers from returning fugitive slaves, thus annulling the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 and setting the stage for the Emancipation Proclamation.

1865 - The Confederate States of America agree to the use of African-American troops.

1868 - The Senate began impeachment proceedings against President Andrew Johnson. Johnson was later acquitted by one vote.

1933 - Banks in the U.S. begin to re-open after President Franklin D. Roosevelt mandates a "bank holiday."

1991 - The Department of Justice announces that Exxon has agreed to pay $1 billion for the clean-up of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska.


Wise Words

Trust

"Trust is the glue of life. It's the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It's the foundational principle that holds all relationships."Stephen Covey

Lighter Side

Fueling the Fear; O'Brien

President Trump appeared on Fox News and said he has a 'hunch' the coronavirus isn't as bad as health experts say. And, ladies and gentlemen, I have a hunch we're all gonna die."- CONAN O'BRIEN


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