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Op-ed: Our economy can't handle tax hike, and schools show they don't need it

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 06:07:18 GMT

Utahns know the importance of a strong public education system - and today our public schools rank 10 spots higher in the national rankings published by Education Week than they did five years ago. Unfortunately, a new organization would prefer to ignore this progress and raise taxes on all of us.

28 Days Later: What has survived the Utah Legislature?

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 02:08:57 GMT

What may turn out to be the most significant action by the 2017 Legislature, a series of proposed tax reforms is just starting to take shape more than midway through the 45-day session. Republicans leaders, now with the backing of the House and Senate supermajority caucuses, are hoping to get at least two big changes to state sales and income taxes through the Legislature before the final adjournment on March 9. Those changes would restore the full 4.7 percent state sales tax on food purchases and begin phasing out state income tax exemptions for Utahns earning $100,000, while lowering both rates around a half of a percent.

Park City immigrants fearful after ICE operation

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 23:59:13 GMT

In this Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, photo released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement shows foreign nationals being arrested this week during a targeted enforcement operation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement aimed at immigration fugitives, re-entrants and at-large criminal aliens in Los Angeles. Immigrant advocates on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, decried a series of arrests that federal deportation agents said aimed to round up criminals in Southern California but they believe mark a shift in enforcement under the Trump administration.

Committee recommends bill allowing self-defense 'even if safety could be achieved by retreating'

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 19:43:35 GMT

A bill proposing an amendment to Utah's self-defense statute, specifying that a person is not required to retreat from an aggressor even when escape is possible, narrowly passed the House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee with a favorable recommendation Friday. The body voted 6-4 to recommend HB259 , the so-called "stand your ground" bill, which proposes to amend Utah's self-defense law to state explicitly that a person who exercises self-defense while being attacked is under no legal requirement to retreat, "even if safety could be achieved by retreating."

Bank of Utah Marks 65 Years in Business by Unveiling a New Brand Identity

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 15:28:33 GMT

Ogden-Bank of Utah reported exceeding one billion dollars in assets, in its 2016 Fourth Quarter Report. The locally-owned and operated bank is one of the top-performing banks in the country in earnings and strength of balance sheet, according to The Briden Report, an independent quarterly bank comparison.

GOP package would put sales tax on food, cancel income tax exemptions

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 11:05:21 GMT

GOP legislative leaders are pushing to pass a package of tax reforms in the final weeks of the session that include restoring the full sales tax on food, phasing out income tax exemptions for more Utahns and raising gas taxes. The newly unveiled proposal, endorsed by majority Republicans in closed-door House and Senate caucus meetings on Thursday, also would lower the state's 4.7 percent sales and 5 percent income tax rates by around a half percent each.

Life in the Trump administration for a Utahn named Trump

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 07:05:24 GMT

For Bryan Trump, the new administration has meant more questions about whether he's related to the man in the Oval Office, and the new president's policies. Still, he can't blame people for the confusion.

Trusting in Trump, Utah lawmakers back off suing for public-land control

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 02:58:46 GMT

Tribune file photo) Rep. Keven J. Stratton, R-Orem, says now that President Donald Trump is in the White House, Utah wants to use legislation and executive action to take control of millions of acres of federal lands -- not a lawsuit. Tribune file photo) Rep. Keven J. Stratton, R-Orem, says now that President Donald Trump is in the White House, Utah wants to use legislation and executive action to take control of millions of acres of federal lands -- not a lawsuit.

APNewsBreak: Utah lobbyists treat lawmakers with no scrutiny

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 00:53:12 GMT

In a private dining room at a sleek downtown restaurant this week, half a dozen Utah lawmakers joined a group of lobbyists for dinner, with the group's nearly $1,000 bill paid for by their health care-industry clients. Legislators who attended all sit on committees that oversee health issues, but they say no one tried to influence them and it was a routine social event.

APNewsBreak: Utah lobbyists treat lawmakers with no scrutiny

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 00:53:11 GMT

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Tour of Utah won't pedal toward Park City finish line in 2017

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 00:53:10 GMT

The August bicycle race that has drawn thousands of spectators in the city does not begin or end a stage in Park City or surrounding Summit County. The race has involved Park City or Summit County on the route 12 of the 13 years it has existed.

'Massive' identity theft ring could affect 1 in 20 Utahns, police say

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 22:36:04 GMT

What started as a mid-sized marijuana bust turned into a year-and-a-half long investigation that resulted in eight federal indictments and the dismantling of a "massive" identity theft ring, authorities said Friday. "This is, from my impression, one of the most complex identity theft operations certainly that we've ever encountered in our organization," Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder announced.

What is Utah's most popular Valentine's Day gift?

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 20:23:37 GMT

According to the National Retail Federation, consumers planned to spend $18.2 billion on the holiday , with people spending $136.57 on average. That's down from last year's average of $146.84.

Jennifer Rubin: Chaffetz's toadyism may haunt the House GOP

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:09:06 GMT

WASHINGTON a One can only marvel at the toadyism of House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., - who previously recommended gutting the ethics office - in demanding a full-scale investigation by the Justice Department inspector general into leaks but resolutely resisting any investigation into President Donald Trump's breached hotel lease, his conflicts of interest, his ties with Russia and his recent receipt of a trademark from China - just after reaffirming the One China policy - which is indisputably an "emolument" from a foreign government.

Miracle? Mobile home park owners, tenants agree on bill

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:34:20 GMT

Tribune file photo) Shirlene Stoven, 80, at her residence at the Applewood Mobile Home park in Midvale on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. Manufactured-home residents in Utah remain vulnerable to exploitation by park owners as highlighted by a recent legislative study.

Utah man gets 16 years in prison for child abuse

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 09:11:21 GMT

St. George a A southern Utah man has been sentenced to prison for abusing and nearly killing his girlfriend's 9-month-old son. The Spectrum reports that 25-year-old Dakota Woolsey of Hurricane has been sentenced to up to 16 years in prison for child abuse.

Man planning 'Boycott Utah' protests in Boulder lied about his name

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 09:11:20 GMT

President Barack Obama in late December approved the 1.3-million-acre Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah. But on Feb. 3, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed a resolution by the state Legislature seeking to rescind that designation.