Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday – January 12, 2015

Utahns oppose tax hike for schools. Herbert touts Utah's economy. Utah GOP concerns about SB 54 are off-base.


  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 14
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 59
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 211
  • Days to the 2015 election – 295
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 371
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 666

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. President Obama is set to propose new cybersecurity measures to increase online privacy and protect consumer information [CNet].
  2. Prosecutors recommend felony charges against former CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus for allegedly sharing classified information with his mistress [The Hill].
  3. 54% of Utahns oppose a 1% hike in the personal income tax to give more money to schools [Utah Policy].
  4. Gov. Gary Herbert says Utah's economy is roaring even though wages remain stagnant [Tribune, Deseret News].
  5. The State Elections Office says some of the concerns expressed by the Utah GOP about SB 54 are simply not true [Utah Policy].
  6. Sen. Mark Madsen is at odds with is constituents over relocating the prison [Tribune].
  7. Gov. Herbert says he has some concerns that President Obama's plan to offer free tuition to community college students could put a financial strain on Utah [Tribune].
  8. The number of Mormons in Congress is higher than their numbers in the general population [Tribune].
  9. It's been two years since the scandal involving former Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff came to light [Tribune].
  10. Bike paths are increasingly becoming an integral part of transportation plans across the Wasatch Front [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1932 – Hattie W. Caraway, a Democrat from Arkansas, became the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate.
  • 1971 – The sitcom "All in the Family" premiered on CBS.
  • 1991 – A deeply divided Congress gave President George H.W. Bush the authority to use force to expel Iraq from Kuwait. (The Senate vote was 52-47; the House followed suit 250-183.)
  • 2010 – Hati was struck by a magnitude-7 earthquake, killing as many as 300,000 people.