Archive10 Things You Need to Know About Utah Politics for MondayBryan Schott·August 4, 2014· Share Chaffetz hosts a veteran Democratic member of Congress on a Utah visit. Are Utah’s lawmakers be considering a tax hike? Utah may no longer be last in per-pupil funding. Countdown: 92 days until the 2014 midterm elections 175 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature 456 days until the 2015 elections 532 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) 827 days until the 2016 presidential election Monday’s top headlines: Rep. Jason Chaffetz is hosting Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings on a visit to Utah to discuss public lands issues [Daily Herald, Deseret News]. Federal contractors are vowing to fight President Obama’s executive order requiring firms seeking federal contracts to disclose labor law violations [The Hill]. Some Republican lawmakers may be thinking about a tax hike following November’s election [Tribune]. Are the reforms enacted in the wake of the John Swallow and Mark Shurleff scandal enough to prevent this from happening again? [Tribune] A number of legislators hit the road to attend conferences this month [Daily Herald]. Has Utah moved out of last place in per-pupil funding? Kinda. [Tribune]. Salt Lake City ranks #22 nationally for transit use [Tribune]. West Jordan City will not let citizens vote on a proposal to change their government to a strong mayor system [Tribune]. Justin Harding, Gov. Gary Herbert’s new chief of staff, sits down for a podcast interview [Utah Policy]. Lobbyists at the Utah Capitol are now required to wear name badges [Daily Herald]. On this day in history: 1914 – Britain declared war on Germany while the United States proclaimed its neutrality in World War I. 1944 – Anne Frank was arrested along with her sister, parents and four other people after they had spent two years hiding from the Nazis in Amsterdam. 1977 – President Jimmy Carter signed a measure establishing the Department of Energy. 1987 – The Federal Communications Commission voted to rescind the Fairness Doctrine, which required radio and TV stations to balanced coverage of controversial issues.