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Situational Analysis - April 21, 2021
Welcome to mid-week. It's Wednesday and National Kindergarten Day in honor of Friedrich Wilhelm August Frobel who is credited with starting the very first Kindergarten in Germany in 1837. Also as a heads-up: tomorrow is National Take Our Kids to Work Day.
Yesterday's formatting was a bust. The consistent message I heard back from you is that it was tl:dr (too long, didn't read). Back to short snippets it is.
News you need to know
3 days until the United Utah Party Organizing Convention and the Utah County GOP convention (04/24/2021)
Today At Utah PolicyCommentary: To balance federal/state power, state legislators must rise to their constitutional role
By LaVarr Webb
How Freedom is Protected. In Federalist 51, James Madison wrote: "In the compound republic of America, the power surrendered by the people is first divided between two distinct governments (federal and states), and then the portion allotted to each (is) subdivided among distinct and separate departments (executive, legislative and judicial). Hence, a double security arises to the rights of the people. The different governments will control each other, at the same time that each will be controlled by itself."
Utah's economic recovery is taking shape
By SL Chamber
The Salt Lake Chamber's Roadmap to Recovery Coalition, in partnership with the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, has updated the Economic Dashboard with current data for April, indicating where Utah sits in the overall recovery. Clear indicators show Utah climbing back from recession lows and heading into positive growth on several fronts. This comes at a time when The Wall Street Journal reports that Salt Lake City is the "hottest job market" in America.
Sens. Romney, Sinema introduce bill to reduce student loan debt, make college more affordable
By Holly Richardson
U.S. Senators Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) introduced the Earn to Learn Act, legislation to reduce student loan debt and make college more affordable for students. The bipartisan bill establishes a college matched-savings program that helps qualifying low-income students, including adult learners, pay for tuition, books, fees, and other education-related expenses.
Salt Lake Tribune
The top stories across virtually every website I checked this morning have the Chauvin verdict as their top story, and usually multiple stories. Here are some other national stories of interest.
Policy NewsRep. Curtis on upcoming Derek Chauvin verdict: 'There's work to do ahead'
Today, Representative John Curtis (R-UT) released the following statement:
Nominees announced for 8th District Juvenile Court vacancy
The Eighth District Judicial Nominating Commission has selected nominees for a vacancy on the Eighth District Juvenile Court. The vacancy results from the retirement of Judge Keith Eddington, June 1, 2021.
Sen. Lee introduces State Grazing Management Authority Act
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) has introduced the State Grazing Management Authority Act, a bill to allow states to manage grazing programs on federal allotments.
Tanner LLC named top national CPA firm
Tanner LLC has been named by Accounting Today as one of the Fastest Growing Accounting Firms for 2021. The publication's annual recognition honors CPA firms across the country for their overall superior performance on dozens of criteria.
Smith's offers free telenutrition service to promote healthy eating
Smith's in partnership with Kroger Health, the healthcare division of The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), is offering free telenutrition service to help customers shop for, prepare and enjoy healthy fresh and non-perishable foods during the COVID-19 crisis.
On This Day In History
"There's no such thing as being apolitical. If we sit back and do nothing, leaving all the policy making to others, that is, in fact, a position of support for the status quo, which is a very political stance to take."
~ Sister Helen Prejean
"This is the 50th anniversary (of 4/20) because, back in 1971, a group of California high school students used to gather to smoke pot every day at 4:20 p.m. Admirable punctuality for a group of kids who were always high."
- STEPHEN COLBERT
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