Trump says grading a president’s first 100 days is ‘not very meaningful.’ Hatch decries Bears Ears, calls for Trump to rescind designation. UTA considers abandoning a 10-acre parcel of land.
Happy Tuesday. He called the measure a "ridiculous standard." He dismissed it as "an artificial barrier." And he derided it as "not very meaningful." Still, President Donald Trump is anxious to have a good report on his first 100 days in office. So he’s lined up several rushed efforts to push through a health care plan, a tax reform initiative and a border wall to accomplish a big ticket item as the days tick down. "No administration has accomplished more in the first 90 days," Trump declared last week. [NYTimes]
Topping the news: Sen. Orrin Hatch spoke on the Senate floor about his visit to Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah and urged President Donald Trump to rescind its designation, arguing San Juan County residents "should not be at the mercy of a federal bureaucracy so completely out of touch with the western way of life." [ABC4]
-> The Utah Transit Authority is considering giving away a 10-acre parcel of land it owns in order to get out of a contract with a developer — a decision that could disrupt regional plans for growth along the Wasatch Front. [Trib]
-> Daggett County Sheriff Jerry Jorgensen is stepping down from his post at the jail, following the resignation of the county’s former jail commander and the firing of two unnamed employees amidst allegations of misconduct by staff. [Trib] [ABC4] [Fox13] [KUTV]
Tweets of the day: From @ConanOBrien: "Trump’s biggest accomplishment in his first 100 days has been making it seem like much longer."
-> From @StephenAtHome: "Bill O’Reilly has a podcast for subscribers to his website, so your grandparents may call you tonight with a ‘computer question.’"
Happy Birthday: To David Litvack, deputy chief of staff to SLC Mayor Jackie Biskupski.
In other news: An early budget analysis of the cost of Salt Lake County’s three new homeless resource centers shows the county still needs as much as $24.2 million — a gap officials say they’re confident will be made up by private donors. [DNews]
-> A Park City man died after he was refused a lung transplant at the University of Utah in December because doctors found a trace of marijuana in his system. His death has sparked a national conversation about whether doctors need to reevaluate the risk cannabis use adds to transplants. [Trib]
-> Data from the Utah Division of Air Quality suggest residents may not be complying with the state’s bans on burning wood and other solid fuels. [Trib]
-> The Huntington-Cleveland Irrigation Co. is asking the Utah Board of Oil, Gas and Mining to re-evaluate state approval of an expansion of Utah’s Skyline coal mine into the headwaters at Huntington Creek. [Trib]
-> A new state audit suggests the Utah Board of Education potentially mishandled more than $1 million in federal funding over a four year period for the state’s Dual Language Immersion program due to sloppy accounting and poor oversight. [Trib] [DNews] [KUTV]
-> A group of more than 50 people crowded outside University of Utah President David Pershing’s office to show support for former Huntsman Cancer Institute CEO Mary Beckerle, who was abruptly fired last week. [DNews] [KUTV]
-> The Jordan School District Board of Education plans to move forward with changes to its salary system. [Trib]
-> Paul Rolly details how wealth and choice of friends moved Terry Diehl— the indicted millionaire developer who has filed for bankruptcy — into the high-rolling cliques of political officeholders and has allowed him to cause mischief. [Trib]
Nationally: President Donald Trump promised a "big announcement" Wednesday on tax reform and has reportedly instructed his advisers to propose cutting the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent — a move experts say will likely grow the national debt. [NYTimes] [WaPost] [ABCNews] [CNN]
-> Trump signaled a willingness to drop his demand for funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall, possibly averting a government shutdown. However, the president reportedly indicated he would not drop the plan altogether and would instead wait to obtain the funding later this year. [Politico] [NYTimes] [WaTimes] [NBCNews]
Where are they?
- Rep. Mia Love flies from Utah to Washington, where she attends a strategy meeting with GOP leadership, meets with colleagues about legislative priorities and votes.
- Gov. Gary Herbert spends the day in New York City as part of an economic development visit and speaks with Bloomberg News.
- Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox heads to Eureka, Utah, for a meeting with the governor’s rural partnership board.
- State Auditor John Dougall meets with the State Board of Education’s internal audit director, takes a phone call with a school district superintendent and teleconferences with the director of the Department of Workforce Services. Later, he teleconferences with the attorney general’s office, meets with a county commissioner and attends the Rich County Republican Party organizing convention.
--Courtney Tanner and Taylor Stevens