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Situational Analysis - March 12, 2021
Happy Friday. Today marks the 18th anniversary of Elizabeth Smart being found in Salt Lake City. Through this traumatic experience, Elizabeth has become an advocate for change related to child abduction, recovery programs, and National legislation. Elizabeth triumphantly testified before her captor and the world about the very private nightmare she suffered during her abduction, which led to conviction. The Founder of the "Elizabeth Smart Foundation", Elizabeth has also helped promote The National AMBER Alert, The Adam Walsh Child Protection & Safety Act and other safety legislation to help prevent abductions.
Happy 74th birthday to Senator Mitt Romney today. Maybe he can find time to get a birthday hotdog.
And, we move to Daylight Savings Time this weekend. Don't forget to "spring ahead" on Sunday.
If you only have time for one thing: Take a minute to check out this timeline of the pandemic - every point of light on the animated map is a life lost to COVID-19 over the last year, some 525,000 nationally, 2000 in Utah. There is also a written summary of how this disease - and our response - unfolded. Sobering.
33 days until the end of the Cox/Henderson administration's first 100 days (04/14/2021)
Today At Utah PolicyPresidential address, US death rate spikes and the sad tale of our nation's 15th First Lady
By Holly Richardson
Presidential address - Last night, President Joe Biden addressed the nation, on his 50th day in office and the day he signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan bill. He called on Americans to join him in this ongoing fight against a virus that has upended our lives, saying "I will not relent until we beat this virus. But I need you, the American people. I need you. I need every American to do their part." He gave July 4 as a date where we have a chance to "not only mark our independence as a nation, but we begin to mark our independence from this virus." (Washington Post, The Hill, Politico)
Opinion briefs: Senate race attracts a crowd . . . National monuments battle . . . federalism & minimum wage
By LaVarr Webb
Senate field keeps growing. The number of Republicans considering a run against Sen. Mike Lee for the GOP nomination in 2022 continues to increase. It's very early in the cycle, and the number of Lee's possible GOP opponents has already grown to five.
Tweets of the day: Friday fun
By Holly Richardson
Friday's non-political tweets: some social media, good neighbors, Plowy McPlowface, crossing the ocean, finding a chariot and a new kind of library.
Salt Lake Tribune
Policy NewsSL Chamber president's message to the business community on the one-year anniversary of the pandemic
When Utah leads together, Utah prevails togetherAs we mark the one year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic, on behalf of the Salt Lake Chamber and its members throughout the state, I express gratitude to each of you, as well as your employees and families who have pulled together to help us weather this challenge. There is still much to be done to overcome the harsh impact of the coronavirus, to ensure that the vaccination effort is successful, and to return to a full and promising economic condition that will sustain jobs, opportunity, and growth well into the future.
Utah delegation meets with Interior officials on Bears Ears, Grand Staircase
U.S. Senators Mike Lee (R-UT), Mitt Romney (R-UT), and Representatives Chris Stewart (R-UT), John Curtis (R-UT), Burgess Owens (R-UT), and Blake Moore (R-UT), today met with senior officials at the Department of Interior to encourage the Biden administration to work with Congress toward a permanent legislative solution that resolves the boundaries for the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments. Following their meeting, they released the following joint statement:
Utah's resilience a model for the nation
The Salt Lake Chamber's Roadmap to Recovery Coalition, in partnership with the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, released its Economic Dashboard update for March, providing a compelling picture of Utah's business resilience. The Dashboard provides leaders with actionable intelligence related to current indicators important for guiding their organizations, as it tracks the State's path to a full and complete economic recovery from the pandemic recession and provides context for decision makers.
Sen. Lee reintroduces Global Trade Accountability Act
Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) reintroduced the Global Trade Accountability Act Wednesday, a bill that would subject unilateral actions by the president to increase trade barriers to congressional approval. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) joined as cosponsors of the bill.
Reps Curtis and Welch reintroduce bipartisan bill to boost funding for recreational trails
Today, Representative John Curtis (R-UT) and Representative Peter Welch (D-VT) introduced legislation that will more than double funding for the Recreational Trails Program (RTP). Since 1991, RTP has provided funding to states to develop and maintain outdoor recreational trails, allowing millions of Americans and their families to enjoy activities such as off-roading, snowmobiling, hiking, bicycling, and cross-country skiing.
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