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Situational Analysis - March 22, 2021
It's Monday and the beginning of the last full week of March. It's also World Water Day and the theme this year is simple: Valuing water.
There are 2.2 billion people living without access to safe water resources globally. According to the UN, global water demand is likely to rise by over 50 per cent by 2040. Here in Utah, Governor Cox just declared a drought emergency with 100% of the state in the 'moderate drought' category and 90% in 'extreme drought' conditions. "I ask that Utahns "evaluate their water use and find ways to save not only because of current drought conditions but also because we live in one of the driest states in the nation," he said.
Reminder: Utah has opened up vaccine eligibility to all Utahns 16 and older beginning Wednesday. Only the Pfizer vaccine is approved for 16 and 17-year olds.
Also: The ERA passed Congress on this day in 1972 and was sent to the states for ratification - where it still sits. Today, one major argument against ratification is that the original deadline for ratification had passed. Last week, however, the US House voted to remove the deadline. Utah's John Curtis was one of four Republicans to vote for the bill. In Utah, the most recent attempt to get the state to ratify the amendment never even left the Rules committee.
23 days until the end of the Cox/Henderson administration's first 100 days (04/14/2021)
Today At Utah PolicyNews round-up: genocide and Anti-Asian hate
By Holly Richardson
Genocide - Yesterday was World Down Syndrome Day and Robyn Chambers, executive director of advocacy for children at Focus on the Family, writes that so-called attempts at "eradicating" Down Syndrome amount to genocide. Eradication, in this case, does not mean getting rid of a disease, like say smallpox or polio, but getting rid of people, of babies, with Down Syndrome through abortion.
Guest opinion: Utah should lead with carbon dividends
By A. Scott Anderson
Utahns must be good stewards of the environment we have inherited. We owe it to our state's future and our children's future to take decisive action to curb carbon emissions. The best way to accomplish this is for Utah to lead and champion solutions that both parties can support. That is why I support the Baker-Shultz Carbon Dividends Plan.
Guest opinion: Members of the Mormon Environmental Stewardship Alliance support restoration of Bears Ears
By Mark Coles-Ritchie
As the board of the Mormon Environmental Stewardship Alliance (MESA), we support and encourage the restoration of the original boundaries of Bears Ears National Monument. We agree with the Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board that Utah's elected leaders should not waste valuable time and resources opposing the restoration of the monument.
Salt Lake Tribune
Policy NewsReps Curtis, Peters, Grassley, Feinstein introduce bill to confront rising threat of methamphetamine
Representatives John Curtis (R-UT) and Scott Peters (D-CA) and Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced the Methamphetamine Response Act, a bipartisan bill declaring methamphetamine an emerging drug threat which would require the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) to develop, implement and make public a national plan to prevent methamphetamine addiction and overdoses from becoming a crisis.
Utah Foundation finds Salt Lake area rents expensive from national perspective, but not among other Mountain States
Utah Foundation's 2020 Utah Priorities Project found that housing affordability is a top issue to Utah voters. Previous Utah Foundation research indicated that housing affordability was of much greater concern among renters than homeowners. While the increasing cost of owning a home is potentially offset by record low interest rates, there is no such offset for renters.
POCAST: Utah Thrives - The why and how of boosting post-secondary attainment
Utah Foundation has launched a series of reports on how Utah can boost educational attainment. The first report in that series, Beating the Odds: Post-Secondary Success for Adult, First-Generation and Lower-Income Students, explores various means of promoting both student retention and completion of certificates and degrees. It focuses on subsets of students who have been less likely to attain higher levels of education and receive the socio-economic benefits of that attainment.
Rep. Stewart reintroduces budget process reform
Last week, Representative Chris Stewart (R-UT) reintroduced legislation requiring that the annual Presidential budget provide an estimate of the per taxpayer cost of the deficit and of the public debt. This proposal encourages more responsible government spending, increases fiscal transparency for taxpayers, and holds legislators accountable for how they spend taxpayer money.
Rep. Stewart discusses the dangers of politicizing the military
Last week, Congressman Chris Stewart (R-UT) joined Fox News' The Ingraham Angle to discuss the dangers of politicizing the military. Over the past few days, some uniformed service members have engaged in political commentary. This is an irresponsible, dangerous trend that must be stopped. Our military leaders need to focus on their all-important duty: Defending the American people.
On This Day In History
"When the well is dry, we learn the worth of water."
"In the spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours."
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