Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday – June 17, 2015

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is "National Eat Your Vegetables Day." 

Residents speak out at the only public hearing on relocating the prison. Democrats ask Miller to stay away from interim meetings. Utah's budget surplus continues to grow.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 55
  • Days to the 2015 election – 139
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 216
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – 223
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – 224
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election – 378
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 511

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. The race for the White House: Donald Trump jumps into the 2016 Republican field [Politico]. Singer Neil Young slams Trump for using his song "Rockin' in the Free World" without permission [Mother Jones]. Jeb Bush "slow jams" the news with Jimmy Fallon [NBC News].
  2. Residents give Utah lawmakers an earful during the only public hearing on relocating the Utah State Prison [Tribune, Deseret News, ABC 4].
  3. Utah House Democrats ask Rep. Justin Miller to stay away from Wednesday's interim meeting because his presence there could cause a distraction [Utah Policy].
  4. Utah's budget surplus keeps getting bigger, ballooning to between $20 million and $180 million [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  5. Lawmakers advance a plan to use public funds to defend a San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman who is accused of illegally riding his ATV into Recapture Canyon [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News, Fox 13, KUER].
  6. An interim legislative committee approves a $2 million contract for the effort to take control of public lands within Utah's borders from the federal government [Utah Policy].
  7. The Salt Lake City Council approves a $255 million budget for next year, which is a 6-percent spending increase over last year [Tribune, Deseret News, Fox 13].
  8. The Salt Lake County Council is expected to give the thumbs-up to Mayor Ben McAdams' $1.1 billion budget proposal later this week [Tribune].
  9. A new report says millennials in Utah are more likely to be homeowners than their contemporaries in other states [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  10. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals rules Utah cannot prosecute tribal members for crimes committed on tribal lands [Deseret News, Fox 13].

On this day in history:

  • 1775 – The Battle of Bunker Hill took place near Boston during the Revolutionary War.
  • 1885 – The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York City aboard the French ship Isere.
  • 1963 – The Supreme Court struck down rules requiring the recitation of the Lord's Prayer or the reading of Biblical verses in public schools.
  • 1972 – The Watergate scandal began with the arrest of five burglars inside Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate complex in Washington.
  • 1994 – After leading police on a chase through Southern California, O.J. Simpson was arrested and charged with murder in the slayings of his ex-wife, Nicole, and Ronald Goldman.