Briefing Local – December 14, 2017

  • Gov. Gary Herbert unveiled his $16.7 billion budget proposal for 2018. The plan includes a boost for public and higher education [Utah Policy].
  • More women than ever before are running for Congress in 2018 [Utah Policy].
  • Sen. Orrin Hatch says final passage of the GOP tax proposal will come quickly now that there’s been a deal struck between the House and Senate [Tribune].
  • Utah’s Democrats are energized by the unlikely win by Alabama Senate candidate Doug Jones [Deseret News].
  • Most of the legislators in Utah County are now calling on Utah County Commissioner Greg Graves to resign from office [Deseret News].
  • A state audit finds the Park City School District didn’t follow procedure when they gave a contract to a North Salt Lake company. That company later violated state law by improperly awarding a subcontract to another firm [Tribune].
  • A new report says Utah women who are either homeless or at risk of becoming homeless are finding it increasingly difficult to find affordable housing or child care [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • The feds gave initial approval to the construction of the Lake Powell Pipeline. But, the same federal agency says they may not have much jurisdiction over the project, which could slow down construction [Tribune].