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Situational Analysis - March 2, 2021

It's Tuesday and "Read Across America Day." It's also National Banana Cream Pie Day

The Utah legislature finished up committee hearings for half of the committees yesterday. The other half finishes today. 

If you only have time for one thing today: Read a Dr. Seuss book to a child. The rhymes are catchy and fun. Our 6-year granddaughter came with us to the Northeast last fall and when she saw this sculpture of Dr. Seuss, she ran up to it, patted his arm and said "You write awesome books."

Dr. Seuss


3 days to the end of the 2021 Utah Legislature (3/5/21) (Technically, 4, as they will go until midnight)
43 days until the end of the Cox/Henderson administration's first 100 days (04/14/2021)
59 days until the Biden/Harris administration's first 100 days are up (04/30/2021)

Today At Utah Policy

images/Resized_Article_Images/working_moms.pngThe 'she-cession' is hitting moms hard
By Holly Richardson
 The pink recession, or "she-cession" has hit America's moms particularly hard. This is one policy area we simply must get right. 
images/Resized_Logos/Tweet.pngTweets of the day: #utleg roundup, consumer protection and tragedy in Arkansas
By Holly Richardson
Lee Davidson has been a journalist for 40 years and is a fixture in Utah politics. He retired yesterday. Plus, privacy oversight on the docket, the Inland Port 'bank' is moving forward, a bill to help people finish their college degrees, it's Consumer Protection Week and an absolute tragedy in Arkansas. 
images/Resized_Article_Images/Education.pngEducation bills moving forward in the legislature
By Holly Richardson
 Some of the bills heard in yesterday's Senate Education committee included the Dixie State name change, Campus Safety Amendments, brought forward after Lauren McCluskey's murder, homeschol tax credits, student religious accommodations and a "Civic Thought and Leadership Initiative" at UVU. All bills presented in the last Senate Education committee of 2021 passed out favorably. HB428 also passed out of House Government Ops. It would strip local school boards of their authority in some situations.

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COVID Corner

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Policy News

images/Logos/SL-Chamber-Logo.pngSL Chamber announces business resource page for vaccination efforts and training
The Salt Lake Chamber's Roadmap to Recovery Coalition recognizes the importance of vaccine education and resources for your organization. The rapid administration of the vaccine will save lives and hasten our efforts to fully engage in Utah's economy. The Chamber sent out a vaccine survey, in collaboration with the Utah Community Builders, and sought feedback from the business community and used that knowledge to build out a vaccine business resource page for organizations. The Coalition is also partnering with state leaders to ensure Utah's business community instills vaccine confidence with our workforce.
images/Resized_Logos/St_George_Chamber.pngSt. George Chamber to recognize outstanding Women of Achievement
The St. George Area Chamber of Commerce (SGACC) announces its 2021 Element Award Honorees, who will be recognized at a dinner ceremony on March 26, 2021. This event will take place during Women's History Month, a month dedicated to celebrating business, political and community achievements of women.
images/Resized_Logos/Mike_Lee_logo.pngSen. Lee, colleagues introduce bill to permanently ban earmarks
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) today joined Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), along with several of their colleagues, to introduce legislation to permanently ban earmarks. This follows a partisan agreement between Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy and House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Rosa DeLauro to bring the practice back to Congress.
images/Resized_Logos/Romney_Senate_logo.pngSome love for the Romney/Cotton minimum wage bill
Policy leaders and writers expressed support for U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Tom Cotton's (R-AR) newly introduced Higher Wages for American Workers Act, legislation which would gradually raise the federal minimum wage to $10 and mandate E-Verify to ensure the wage increase only goes to legal workers. The bill will also index future minimum wage increases to inflation and includes protections for small businesses.
images/Resized_Logos/Mike_Lee_logo.pngSen. Lee, colleagues urge CDC to help reopen schools
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) on Friday led his colleagues in sending a letter to Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky regarding their concerns about continued school closures and their harmful effects on children, parents, and the economy, as documented in recent research. In light of scientific research showing low community transmission in schools, especially among younger children, the letter also calls on the CDC to revise its guidelines to help schools reopen.

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On This Day In History

(From History.com)

  • 1778 - Nathanael Greene is appointed Quartermaster General of the Continental Army under George Washington.
  • 1807 - Congress abolishes the African slave trade within the jurisdiction of the United States. The widespread trade of enslaved people within the South was not prohibited, however, and children of enslaved people automatically became enslaved themselves.
  • 1836 - Texas declares independence from Mexico.
  • 1865 - Freedman's Bureau founded for Black Education
  • 1877 - US Electoral Commission declares Rutherford B. Hayes (R) winner of the presidential election with an electoral vote of 185-184 against Samuel J. Tilden (D)
  • 1899 - Mt. Rainier National Park is created.
  • 1903 - The Martha Washington Hotel opens in New York City, the first exclusively for women.
  • 1904 - Theodore Giesel is born.
  • 1917 - Puerto Ricans become US citizens and are immediately recruited for the war effort.
  • 1923 - Hovenweep National Monument, located in Utah and Colorado, is established.
  • 1955 - Black teenager Claudette Colvin was arrested in Montgomery, Alabama, for refusing to give up her seat to a white woman on a public bus.
  • 1958 - 1st surface crossing of Antarctic continent is completed in 99 days.
  • 1965 - "The Sound of Music" is released. It goes on to become one of the most popular musical films of all time. 
  • 1968 - 19 year-old American Peggy Fleming wins her 3rd consecutive World Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Geneva, Switzerland; announces her retirement, turns professional and eventually goes into broadcasting.
  • 1974 - Grand jury concludes that President Richard Nixon is involved in the Watergate cover-up.
  • 1978 - Grave robbers steal Charlie Chaplin's body. Weird, right?!
  • 2000 - Former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet heads home after being told the UK would not extradite him on torture charges.
  • 2016 - US astronauts Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko return to earth after nearly a year (340 days), setting an ISS record.

Wise Words

"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child."

~Dr. Seuss

Lighter Side

Lighter Side


"When beetles fight these battles in a bottle with their paddles and the bottle's on a poodle and the poodle's eating noodles......they call this a muddle puddle tweetle poodle beetle noodle bottle paddle battle."

~Dr. Seuss in his book, Fox in Socks

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