Trump slashes social programs in proposed budget. Chaffetz delays questioning former FBI director. New Utah political party offers a centrist choice.
Happy Tuesday. President Donald Trump may have run a populist campaign, but his proposed budget accords with established conservative policy — likely hurting those who voted him into office the most. Trump’s proposal slashes social programs, including cuts to farm subsidies, student aid and Medicaid. Though the budget has no chance of becoming law — as Congress will write its own — the measures show the president’s priorities. [Politico]
Topping the news: Rep. Jason Chaffetz postponed questioning former FBI Director James Comey, who asked to speak with the special counsel investigating potential ties between Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and President Donald Trump’s campaign. [Trib] [DNews] [FOX13] [KUTV]
-> Arrests of noncriminal undocumented immigrants conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in Utah, Idaho, Nevada and Montana more than tripled in the 100 days following Trump’s executive order changing immigration priorities. [Trib]
-> Utah County investment adviser Tanner Ainge is the son of BYU basketball legend Danny Ainge. And he’s filed to run in the special election to replace Chaffetz in Utah’s 3rd Congressional District. [Trib] [KUTV]
Tweet of the day: From @pbump: "Insisting there is no collusion based on the FBI investigation is like saying you know the real killer 10 minutes into an episode of 20/20."
In other news: A deeper look into the federal indictments against developer Terry Diehl reveal hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments from House Speaker Greg Hughes’ company and from former House Majority Leader Kevin Garn. [Trib]
-> The Mexican consulate of Salt Lake City signed an agreement with the Utah Department of Human Services on Monday regarding its role in custody cases for children with Mexican citizenship. [DNews] [ABC4]
-> The Utah Senate confirmed three new members to the board of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. [DNews]
-> Derek Miller, CEO of World Trace Center Utah, said President Donald Trump’s proposed changes to NAFTA could have significant impacts on Utah’s economy. [DNews]
-> A suspicious fire damaged a Bureau of Land Management guard station in Bears Ears National Monument. [Trib]
-> A new study released by Voices for Utah Children and the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law found that Utah schools are more likely to discipline students of color. [KUTV]
-> A little more than a year since the Salt Lake City Council adopted the Bicycle Master Plan, bike safety is improving. [KUER]
-> Salt Lake Valley’s Greek Orthodox parish welcomes Rev. Archimandrite George Nikas as its new priest on Pentecost Sunday. [Trib]
-> Pat Bagley suggests that U.S. health care policy is driven by a deadly motivation for profit. [Trib]
-> Draper City Councilwoman Michele Weeks — who once ran for the state Legislature as a Democrat — is under fire from her fellow council colleagues for using city resources to send personal emails. Paul Rolly points out that when questions were raised about former Councilman Bill Colbert’s email use, the city council didn’t say anything. He was a Republican. [Trib]
Where are they?
- Rep. Mia Love participates in a legislative planning meeting with Republican colleagues, meets with University of Utah students and speaks with state lawmakers. Later, she votes at the Capitol and sits down with constituents and members of AIPAC.
- Gov. Gary Herbert meets with staff.
- Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox presents a trophy at Davis High School, sits down with members of the Utah Assisted Living Association and meets with the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice. He then participates in filming a PSA and attends a rural economic development meeting.
- State Auditor John Dougall has breakfast with House Speaker Greg Hughes, stops by the Utah Foundation, speaks with county elected officials and meets with a Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control commissioner.
-- Courtney Tanner and Emily Anderson