Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday – March 2, 2015

House Republicans tease their own alternative to Healthy Utah. Salt Lake City's first woman Mayor, Dee Dee Corradini, dies. Utahn's split over calls to hike the minimum wage.


  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 10
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 162
  • Days to the 2015 election – 246
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 322
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – 329
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary – 484
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 617

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. House leaders are working on their own Medicaid alternative plan to counter Healthy Utah [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  2. Some Republicans in the Utah House disagree with the leadership's decsion to block Healthy Utah [Deseret News].
  3. Former Salt Lake City Mayor Dee Dee Corradini dies from lung cancer at the age of 70 [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  4. A new poll says Utahns are split over President Obama's call to raise the minimum wage [Utah Policy].
  5. The Prison Relocation Commission drops plans to take the final decision on moving the prison out of the hands of lawmakers [Tribune, Deseret News].
  6. A House committee approves a plan to overhaul Utah's criminal justice system by dropping sentencing for some crimes from a felony to a misdemeanor [Tribune].
  7. Educators call on lawmakers to boost funding for Utah's public schools [Tribune].
  8. Polls show Utahns support Gov. Gary Herbert's proposal to add $500 million for public education, but lawmakers say the final number will be closer to $400 million [Utah Policy].
  9. Lawmakers decide a measure to eliminate gas chambers at animal shelters needs more study [Deseret News, Tribune].
  10. Real Salt Lake officials plan to unveil a new proposed site for a minor league soccer stadium after plans to build at the Utah State Fairpark fall through [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1807 – Congress outlawed the importation of slaves to the United States, effective the following year.
  • 1836 – Texas proclaimed independence from Mexico.
  • 1877 – Republican Rutheford B. Hayes was declared winner of the 1876 presidential election over Democrat Samuel Tilden, even though Tilden had won the popular vote.
  • 1962 – Philadelphia's Wilt Chamberlain set the single-game NBA scoring record with 100 points against the New York Knicks.