10 Things You Need to Know About Utah Politics for Monday

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.



  • 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.