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Situational awareness - April 19, 2018

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Lawmakers override Herbert's vetoes. UTA overhaul begins with a high-profile firing. Trump may meet with North Korea's Kim in Sweden or Switzerland.

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  Here are the news stories driving Thursday  

Turf battle

Lawmakers override two of Gov. Gary Herbert's vetos, expanding their authority when it comes to the Attorney General's office and intervening in lawsuits [Utah Policy]. 

UTA overhaul claims a scalp

The Utah Transit Authority fires President and CEO Jerry Benson because of the overhaul bill passed by lawmakers during the 2018 session [Utah Policy].

Lawmakers add to their summer workload

Legislators complain they have too many boards and commissions they are part of, but they voted to add 10 more task forces that they are a part of [Utah Policy].

Trade war toll

The World Trade Center Utah says the burgeoning trade war with China could hit Utah's economy hard [Utah Policy].

Rollin away

Rollin Cook steps down as Executive Director of the Utah Department of Corrections [Utah Policy].

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Today At Utah Policy

Utah Transit Authority fires CEO Jerry Benson because of legislative overhaul

The Utah Transit Authority board voted Wednesday to terminate President and CEO Jerry Benson effective May 7....

Lawmakers override two of Gov. Herbert's vetoes

It took holding a vote open for longer than usual, and some close margins in the Senate, but the Utah Legislature overrode two of Gov. Gary Herbert's vetoes on Wednesday....

'We study stuff to death.' Lawmakers tackle interim study schedule

Utah's part-time 104 legislators are overworked....

U.S. trade war with China threatens Utah's economy

An analysis by World Trade Center Utah shows if Chinese retaliatory tariffs on U.S. products are implemented, they will have diverse and harmful effects on Utah's economy....

Rollin Cook steps down as Executive Director of Utah Department of Corrections

The Utah Department of Corrections announced the upcoming departure of Executive Director Rollin Cook who has served five years in his current position and dedicated 29 years of overall service to the State of Utah."I am grateful for Rollin's years of dedicated service to th...

Weekly survey: LDS Church and medical marijuana

Last week the LDS Church signaled their apparent opposition to the proposal to legalize medical cannabis that appears to be headed to November's ballot. Do you think the Church's stance on the issue will have an effect on the initiative at the ballot box? Vote now in our wee...

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Policy News

Department of Commerce announces new Deputy Director and new Director to Division of Securities
Francine A. Giani, Executive Director of the Utah Department of Commerce, announced that Thomas A. Brady has been selected as the new Director of the Division of Securities to replace outgoing Director Keith Woodwell.  Woodwell previously served over 9 years with t...

Utah companies establish meaningful connections in Mexico
While participating in the governor led trade mission to Mexico City and Baja last week, 27 Utah companies made connections and learned how they can successfully expand their business to Latin America....

Utah Clean Energy launches new initiative in Utah to pave the way for cost-effectively integrating more solar energy
Utah Clean Energy announced it was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory to participate in a collaborative research effort to explore new ways solar energy can improve the affordability, reliability and resiliency of the nation's el...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: At least Mike Lee remembers the Constitution

Tourists spent $3.7 billion in Salt Lake County in 2016, supporting 54,000 jobs

From aerospace to hog farms, study finds trade war with China would cost Utah businesses $60 million in exports

Utah's San Juan County files its own claim against U.S. government over access to Recapture Canyon

'Inappropriate' Utah Jazz ticket purchase for Plymouth officials has 'tax consequences' for town's few residents

Two U.S. Senate candidates from Utah have failed to file personal finance reports as required by federal law

Utah Legislature overrides vetoes in balance-of-powers battle with Gov. Gary Herbert

UTA says new law requires it to fire President and CEO Jerry Benson

Salt Lake City might add fewer police than planned and put more money toward better transit

Deseret News

Op-ed: Will Utahns show up at the ballot box for 2018's big issues?

Op-ed: Utah teachers deserve something better

Jay Evensen: America's 'social capital' divide

Editorial: Salt Lake City is wise to pause a tax increase in favor of nailing down the details

Utah governor orders flags lowered to half-staff in honor of Barbara Bush

New report dings Utah for its ozone levels

Audit says Box Elder town lacks fiscal policies, fails to post public notices

Utah GOP asks for full appellate court review of SB54 ruling

Salt Lake County hub of Utah's tourist economy, report says

Utah lawmakers override Herbert's vetoes of bills expanding legislative power

1 in 3 Salt Lake County homes at greater risk of crumbling in earthquake


Weber Co. leaders unveil long-awaited plan, aiming to energize the economy (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Government vs. God? People are less religious when government is bigger, research says (McClatchy)

Dershowitz: Comey firing was legal even if Trump was trying to end the Russia investigation (Washington Examiner)

There's 'unusual surveillance activity' around D.C. and senators want answers (Fast Company)

Israel marks 70 years as a nation as new and old challenges lurk (AFP)

Diaz-Canel tapped to steer Cuba through post-Castro uncertainty (AFP)

Starbucks' Howard Schultz 'ashamed' after controversial arrest of 2 black men (CBS News)

After calling Barbara Bush an 'amazing racist,' a professor taunts critics: 'I will never be fired' (Washington Post)

Pompeo confirmation winnowing down to a handful of undecided Democrats (CNN)

Trump allies press Rosenstein in private meeting in latest sign of tensions (Washington Post)

Bernie Sanders: Cardi B is right on Social Security (CNN)

Bump Stock Manufacturer Is Shutting Down Production (NPR)

Wise Words


"Success is where preparation and opportunity meet." Bobby Unser

Lighter Side

Facebook Trust

"Most Americans said they still like Facebook, but they don't trust it. So basically, people feel the same way about Facebook as they do about the McRib." Jimmy Fallon

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