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Situational Analysis - April 30, 2021

It's Friday and the last day of April! It's also National Oatmeal Cookie Day and National Raisin Day. Probably not a coincidence.

There is beautiful weather ahead this weekend. I hope you have a chance to get out and enjoy it!

News you need to know

  1. I'm not much of a sports buff but even I know it's a big deal that Zach Wilson was NFL draft pick #2 and Penei Sewell was draft pick #7. Congrats to them!
  2. Amelia Powers Gardner was sworn in yesterday as the newest Utah County Commissioner. 
  3. Salt Lake City is planning on a tiny home village to house people experiencing homelessnes. The Other Side Academy has been picked to manage the project and has an ambitious goal of having the first 40 ready by March.
  4. The Utah GOP Organizing Convention is tomorrow. Delegates will elect a new leadership team that outgoing chair Derek Brown hopes will be focused more on winning elections and less on in-fighting. Speaking of in-fighting, there's a resolution being proposed to censure Senator Mitt Romney.
  5. World Trade Center Utah is opening a first-of-its-kind office on UVU's campus. The alliance will give UVU business students real-world experience in competing globally.


days until the in-person Utah GOP Organizing Convention (05/01/2021)
57 days until the Utah Democratic party organizing convention (06/26/21)
134 days until half-way through the Cox/Henderson's administration's 500-day plan (09/11/2021)




Today At Utah Policy

images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgCommentary: Have we reached a point where deficit spending doesn't matter?
By LaVarr Webb
 I'm a grumpy old guy, and I've written many times that I'm worried about deficit spending and the federal debt rising to unfathomable levels. Pres. Joe Biden is recommending another $6 trillion in spending, boosting the debt even higher.Biden is not planning to borrow the entire $6 trillion, of course. He wants to raise taxes on the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans to pay for some of it. 
What Utah's delegation had to say about Biden's speech
By Holly Richardson
Both of Utah's Senators and two of the four Representatives issued press statements last night following President Biden's speech. Here they are:

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Policy News

images/Resized_Logos/Cox_seal.pngGov. Spencer J. Cox names Monica Diaz to the Third District Juvenile Court
Gov. Spencer J. Cox has nominated Monica Diaz to fill the Third District Juvenile Court judicial vacancy. "As director of the Utah Sentencing Commission, Monica Diaz demonstrated a thorough knowledge of the Constitution, respect for the law and expertise in policy," Gov. Cox said. "These experiences - as well as her legal work as both a prosecutor and a public defender - will serve her well as a Juvenile Court judge. I'm proud to recommend her to this important position."
images/Resized_Logos/Envision_Utah_Logo_01.jpgMay 6 luncheon: Post-pandemic and beyond - what will Utah's new future look like?
What will Utah be like 1 year after COVID-19? What about 10, or even 30 years? Tune in on May 6 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. as local nonprofit Envision Utah dives into the future with the help of an expert panel. The discussion will focus on questions like:
images/Resized_Logos/Chris_Stewart_logo_white.pngLawmakers introduce legislation to protect Great Basin and Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Areas
Congressman Steven Horsford (D-Nev.), Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), and Mitt Romney (R-Utah), and Congressman Chris Stewart (R-Utah) have introduced the Great Basin National Heritage Area and Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area Extension Act. This bicameral, bipartisan legislation would reauthorize federal funding for both National Heritage Areas (NHAs), ensuring their continued ability to promote conservation, expand recreation opportunities, and preserve the unique heritage of the Western United States.
images/Resized_Logos/Mike_Lee_logo.pngSens Lee and Thune Introduce Bill to Strengthen National Guard Resources and Readiness
Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and John Thune (R-SD) today introduced theGuarding Readiness Resources Act, a bill to ensure that National Guard unitsreceive the reimbursement required by law forthe use of federalequipmentto supportstate missions.
images/Resized_Logos/Cox_seal.pngGov. Cox names Kirt Slaugh acting state treasurer
Gov. Spencer Cox has named Kirt Slaugh as acting state treasurer. The appointment, effective May 3, 2021, follows the resignation of David Damschen, who announced on April 12 that he was leaving his office to become president and CEO of the Utah Housing Corporation. 

Business Headlines


'The very best tools:' Governor, officials cut tape on new Southern Utah crime lab in Cedar City (St. George News)

Spy Hop opens the doors of its new youth media arts center in Salt Lake City's Central Ninth neighborhood (Salt Lake Tribune)

Cruise Lines Could Start U.S. Sailings by Mid-July, CDC Says. The update paves the way to resume operations that have been suspended for longer than a year. (Washington Post)

Amazon's profit run continues, bolstered by sustained demand. The e-commerce giant's first-quarter sales hit $108 billion, up 44% from the first quarter of 2020. (Wall Street Journal)

Get ready for a shortage of iPads and MacBooks. The global shortage of chips could hurt production, costing Apple $3 billion to $4 billion in revenue. (NPR)

Ford slumps 10% after being hit by chip shortage, drags down rival GM, suppliers (Reuters)

No college, no problem. Some employers are dropping "arbitrary" degree requirements in their hiring practices. (NPR)

EXCLUSIVE U.S. Labor Secretary supports classifying gig workers as employees (Reuters)


On This Day In History

(From History.com)

  • 1789 - George Washington gives first presidential inaugural address.
  • 1880 - Lillian Bertha Jones Horace is born. A pioneering educator and writer, she is Texas's earliest known African American woman novelist, one of only two known black southern women novelists of the early to mid twentieth century, one of only two black women nationally to own a publishing company before 1920, and the only black woman nationally to author a utopian novel before 1950
  • 1911 - Portugal approves female suffrage.
  • 1927 - The first federal prison for women opens in West Virginia.
  • 1939 - Ellen Zwilich is born. She became the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Music.
  • 1945 - Adolf Hitler dies from suicide
  • 1975 - Vietnam War ends
  • 1993 - World Wide Web (WWW) launches in the public domain.

Wise Words

"Let us, then, fellow citizens, unite with one heart and one mind. Let us restore to social intercourse that harmony and affection without which liberty and even life itself are but dreary things."

~George Washington, first inaugural speech

Lighter Side

Lighter Side

"And get this: 85 percent of people who watched Biden's speech approved of it. That's amazing. The only other things Americans like that much are Dolly Parton and cheese fries." 


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