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Situational Analysis - February 19, 2021

It's Friday, Friday. Today is National Chocolate Mint Day - ice cream and Andes and BYU brownies, oh my!

If you only have time for one thing today: Check out highlights from NASA's Perseverance Rover that touched down on Mars yesterday! "Perseverance was the third robotic visitor from Earth to arrive at the red planet this month. Last week, two other spacecraft, Hope from the United Arab Emirates and Tianwen-1 from China, entered orbit around Mars." Perserverance is on a mission specifically to look for signs of (ancient) life. Very cool.

Countdown

14 days to the end of the 2021 Utah Legislature (3/5/21)
54 days until the end of the Cox/Henderson administration's first 100 days (04/14/2021)
70 days until the Biden/Harris administration's first 100 days are up (04/30/2021)


Today At Utah Policy

images/Resized_Logos/Tweet.pngTweets of the day: Friday fun
By Holly Richardson
This week's lighter side round-up: incredible cave art, animals and a bit of poetry
images/mugs/LaVarr_Webb.jpgFriday change-of-pace: Do your members of Congress ever kick back & relax? Yes, and here's how
By LaVarr Webb
 Politics has been rather intense and even ugly for the last several months. So, to lighten things up a bit, we asked Utah's congressional offices what their bosses like to when they have time to totally kick back and relax . . . to escape the craziness of Washington and forget, at least for a short time, the pressing issues of the day.Here's what they said (Sen. Mitt Romney's office declined to participate):
images/Resized_Article_Images/Electric_vehicle.pngGuest opinion: Increased electric vehicle fees short-sighted approach that penalizes vehicle owners and hurts air quality
By Matt Frommer and Kevin Emerson
 The Utah Legislature's proposal in House Bill 209 would drastically increase annual fees on electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid, and hybrid vehicles. Electric vehicles (EVs) have zero tailpipe emissions, making them a key solution to Utah's climate and air quality challenges. Increasing fees for zero-emission vehicles to $300 per year more than double what the average new gas-powered vehicle pays each year in gas taxes is the wrong approach to solve Utah's road funding challenges.

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Policy News

images/Logos/SL-Chamber-Logo.pngBusiness community updates dashboard to include state vaccination efforts and downtown report
The Salt Lake Chamber's Roadmap to Recovery Coalition, in partnership with the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, has refreshed the Economic Dashboard for January to help business leaders know where Utah sits in the overall recovery. This tool tracks the state's path to a full and complete economic recovery from the pandemic recession and provides context for decision makers. "The ongoing economic recovery though still K-shaped is gaining traction across the state and our unemployment has dropped to 3.6% which many experts consider full employment," said Derek Miller, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber and Downtown Alliance.
images/mugs-300/Lisa_McDonald.pngLisa McDonald to lead community development for the Salvation Army
The Salvation Army in Utah is pleased to announce that Lisa McDonald has accepted the new role of Grant and Community Development Manager for the Salt Lake City Corps, Ogden Corps, and St. George Outpost. She will be responsible for grant writing, community development, and corporate partnerships throughout the State of Utah. 
images/Resized_Logos/USBE_logo.pngUtah State Board of Education leadership statement on board member's social media post
A recent social media post by Board Member Natalie Cline has caused public concern regarding its content and nature.  As the leadership of the Utah State Board of Education (Board), we first recognize that all Board members are free to speak as private citizens outside of their official capacity as Board members. However, it is important to address concerns regarding any attribution of Member Cline's comments to the Board or its official positions. 
images/Resized_Logos/Romney_Senate_logo.pngSen. Romney's statement on impeachment entered into Congressional Record
 U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) entered the following statement into the Congressional Record regarding the impeachment trial:Once again, I have listened to the arguments of the respective counsel, studied briefs, and weighed evidence in an impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. This is not a responsibility I sought or expected. I certainly did not anticipate having to serve a second time as a Senator-juror in an impeachment trial.
images/Resized_Logos/John_Curtis_logo.pngRep. Curtis has 2 broadband bills introduced in a package of 28 bills
Today, Representative John Curtis (R-UT), member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, released the following statement after two of his bills were introduced in a comprehensive package of 28 bills that aim to turbocharge public and private investment by promoting new and upgraded infrastructure deployments, boosting competition, streamlining permitting processes, facilitating broadband deployment on federal lands, and closing the digital divide in both rural and urban areas.

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On This Day In History

(From History.com)

  • 1473 - Polish astronomer Copernicus is born.
  • 1847 - Donner Party rescued.
  • 1910 - Typhoid Mary is freed from her first periods of isolation and goes on to cause several more outbreaks of typhoid in the New York area.
  • 1913 - 1st prize inserted into a Cracker Jack box.
  • 1940 - Smokey Robinson is born.
  • 1942 - FDR orders detention and internment of all west-coast Japanese-Americans. Utah successfully pursues a contract to build the Topaz Internment Camp by Delta.
  • 1942 - Tuskegee Airmen initiated.
  • 1952 - Amy Tan is born. Her novel, The Joy Luck Club has now been translated into 35 languages.
  • 1963 - The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan is published.
  • 2002 - Vonetta Flowers becomes the first Black gold medalist in the Winter Olympics.
  • 2016 - Harper Lee dies. She is best known for her 1960 book, "To Kill a Mockingbird"

Wise Words

"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view."

"People generally see what they look for and hear what they listen for."

~Harper Lee


Lighter Side

Lighter Side

What does a gingerbread man put on his bed?
A cookie sheet!

Why did the girl keep her trumpet out in the snow?
She liked playing cool jazz.


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