Briefing Local – December 13, 2017

  • POLL: Nearly 2/3 of Utahns say they support the newly revamped Count My Vote ballot initiative [Utah Policy].
  • Lawmakers will have an extra $483 million to spend next year according to new revenue numbers [Utah Policy].
  • Gov. Gary Herbert is on board with the tax overhaul plan being pushed by Congressional Republicans [Associated Press].
  • Four Utah County legislators call on embattled County Commissioner Greg Graves to resign following allegations of bullying behavior toward employees [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Utah lawmakers may not be able to give themselves a recommended pay raise this year because of the looming 2018 election cycle [Tribune].
  • Weber County Commissioner Kerry Gibson, who frequently pushed back against the idea of human-caused climate change, is resigning to take a job with the Utah Department of Natural Resources [Tribune].
  • Environmental groups say Rep. Chris Stewart‘s proposal for a new national park in the former Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is a “bait-and-switch” [Deseret NewsTribune].
  • The Salt Lake City Council approves a five-year housing plan to provide more affordable housing for residents [Tribune].
  • The state is doing a better job tracking data on water use after a critical audit of the Utah Department of Natural Resources two years ago [Deseret News].