Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday – September 17, 2014

Utah ends fiscal year with a budget surplus. Ginsburg talks same-sex marriage. Utahns agree with the work requirement in Gov. Herbert's Healthy Utah plan.


  • Days to the 2014 midterm election – 48
  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 131
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 176
  • Days to the 2015 election – 412
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) – 488
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 783

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. The state ends the fiscal year with a $166 million budget surplus [Tribune, Deseret News].
  2. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says same-sex marriage cases in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee will likely impact how and when the high court deals with the issue [Politico].
  3. Utahns think low-income individuals should get help from the government to afford health insurance, but they should be either working or looking for work to receive that assistance [Utah Policy].
  4. Sen. Mike Lee is named the new chairman of the Senate Steering Committee, a caucus of conservative senators in Washington [Tribune].
  5. Sen. John Valentine is one step away from being confirmed as the new chair of the Utah Tax Commission [Daily Herald].
  6. The Utah Transit Authority is cutting the top bonuses paid to executives from $30,000 to $7,500 [Tribune].
  7. Congress passes a bill sponsored by Sen. Orrin Hatch and Rep. Jim Matheson to reauthorize a program to aid emergency responders [Tribune].
  8. Box Elder County officials are reacting to news they could be the new home of the Utah State Prison [Standard-Examiner].
  9. A third rejected candidate for State School Board wants a judge to put him back on the ballot [Tribune].
  10. Salt Lake City is rebranding itself as "Ski City USA" [Tribune, Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1787 – The U.S. Constitution was completed and signed by a majority of delegates attending the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.
  • 1862 – Union forces beat back a Confederate invasion of Maryland at the battle of Antietam. Nearly 23,000 people were killed, wounded or captured, making it the bloodiest day in U.S. military history.
  • 1939 – The Soviet Union invaded Poland during World War II.
  • 1972 – The comedy series "M.A.S.H." premiered on CBS
  • 2011 – The Occupy Wall Street demonstration began in New York.