Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday – January 15, 2015

Obama to unveil paid leave plan for workers. Utahns support stronger restrictions on payday lenders. Lawmakers working to find compromise over Healthy Utah before the 2015 session.


  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 11
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 56
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 208
  • Days to the 2015 election – 292
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 368
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 663

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. President Obama is set to call on states to design paid leave programs for workers [Forbes].
  2. The GOP will hold their national convention in July, which is significantly earlier than past conventions [National Journal].
  3. Poll shows Utahns support stronger restrictions on payday lenders [Utah Policy].
  4. Gov. Herbert and Legislative leaders are trying to find a compromise on his Healthy Utah plan before the 2015 session gets underway [Deseret News].
  5. Utah's House members all vote for a GOP-led measure to thwart President Obama's executive actions on immigration [Tribune, Daily Herald].
  6. Mayor Ralph Becker touts fairness in his annual State of the City Address [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. Attorney General Sean Reyes made a secret trip to Columbia to free child sex slaves [Fox 13, Deseret News].
  8. A new study says Utah's tax burden is at a 20-year low [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  9. Rep. Chris Stewart is named to the House Intelligence Committee [Tribune].
  10. The Utah Transit Authority says adding late-night service would cost an extra $49 million annually [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1973 – President Richard Nixon announced the suspension of all U.S. offensive action in North Vietnam, citing progress in peace negotiations.
  • 1978 – Serial killer Ted Bundy murdered two students in a sorority house at Florida State University in Tallahassee.
  • 2001 – Wikipedia made its debut.
  • 2009 – US Airways Capt Chelsey Sullenberger guided a jetliner disabled by a bird strike just after takeoff from New York's LaGuardia Airport to a safe landing in the Hudson River. All 155 people aboard survived.