Obama makes his budget proposal. Lawmakers not convinced they should move funding from roads to schools. Utah's 2016 presidential primary may be in trouble.
Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 38
Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 190
Days to the 2015 election – 274
Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 350
Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – 357
Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary – 512
Days until the 2016 presidential election – 645
Monday's top-10 headlines:
President Barack Obama unveils his $3.99 trillion budget proposal [Reuters].
Mitt Romney's supporters says they're disappointed that the two-time presidential candidate will not make a third run in 2016 [Deseret News].
Republican candidates are scrambling to pick up Romney's donors now that he's not running [New York Times].
Lawmakers say they're not convinced Gov. Gary Herbert's proposal to shift funding from transportation to schools will work [Tribune].
Rep. David Lifferth claims Gov. Herbert favors moving the state prison to a site near the Salt Lake International Airport [Tribune]. Lifferth has since walked that claim back a bit [Deseret News].
Utah may have to move its 2016 presidential primary because both possible dates conflict with national rules. However, Utah's Democrats say there's an effort to move the state into a regional primary on March 22 [Utah Policy].
There may be no primary in 2016 at all because Utah's Republicans are mulling a party-held caucus [Deseret News].
The Utah Transit Authority spent more than $800,000 on travel costs for employees during a 28-month period [Tribune].
Very troubling. The Great Salt Lake has dropped to a near-record low level, and should surpass the 50-year-old mark sometime soon [Tribune].
Hundreds of Utahns rally at the State Capitol for clean air [KSL].
On this day in history:
1653 – New Amsterdam – now New York City – was incorporated.
1887 – Punxsutawney, Pa., held its first Groundhog Day festival.
1990 – South African President F.W. de Klerk lifted a ban on the African National Congress and promised to free Nelson Mandela.
2009 – Hillary Rodham Clinton was sworn in as U.S. secretary of state.