News roundup: Report: Immigration reform will cost taxpayers $6.3 trillion
Published: May 7, 2013 07:36AM
Updated: May 7, 2013 07:36AM
People attend the "Rally for Citizenship" in support of immigration reform, on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Wednesday, April 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Report: Immigration bill could cost taxpayers $6.3 trillion. U.S. attorney for Utah hands Swallow probe to Justice. Herbert nominates Braceras for UDOT head.

Happy Tuesday. The proposed immigration reform bill now before the Senate could cost taxpayers $6.3 trillion if enacted as the new citizens it would create would take more in federal benefits than taxes they pay in, according to the Heritage Foundation, which used a previous report on this subject to help scuttle the 2007 reform push. [Politico]

-> ThinkProgress, though, takes issue with Heritage's math, arguing that the study doesn't assume that immigrants-turned-citizens will see higher wages and that their children will add to the economy when they grow up. [ThinkProgress]

Topping the news: The U.S. attorney for Utah is handing off the investigation of AG John Swallow to the Washington-based public integrity section of the Justice Department. [Trib] [KUTV] [DNews] [KSL]

-> Gov. Gary Herbert has named Carlos Braceras, the longtime No. 2 at UDOT, to lead the transit agency. [Trib] [DNews]

Tweets of the day: From @stevethomma: "White House allows press pool to record the bipartisan foursome at 1st green. Very rare case of links transparency."

From @michaelscherer: "Dow loses 200 points RT @DavidNakamura: WH Pool: Obama chipped his first shot past the hole, then appeared to miss a putt."

From @EvanMcSan, after work leaked that Sen. Saxby Chambliss got a hole-in-one: "when you get a hole-in-one in a presidential golf game, you win a free drone strike on the target of your choice."

Happy birthday: To Gov. Gary Herbert.

In other news: A private school wrongly took state money intended for special needs students and the state wants the cash back. [Trib]

-> It's been eight months since the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya and Rep. Jason Chaffetz is still pressing forward on investigating the White House's role in how the deaths of four Americans happened. [Trib]

-> First Lady Michelle Obama is seeking recipes from kid chefs for a healthy lunch contest. [Trib]

-> The LDS Church's magazine for young children reports on the mothers of the faith's prophets but forgets to note the names of the women. [Trib]

-> Bob Bernick says the Legislature may have gone a bit too crazy with resolutions and could be time to limit them. [UtahPolicy]

-> Herbert is headed on a rural county tour this week, starting in Vernal and then heading south. [Herald]

-> Public hearings followed by a "water summit" will address the concern about Utah's future water needs as one of the driest and fastest growing states. [Trib]

Nationally: New York's attorney general may file suit against Bank of America and Wells Fargo alleging the banks didn't follow federal law to try to help homeowners facing foreclosures. [WaPost]

-> Republicans found a gold mine with Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe's audio book where he talks about leaving his wife during childbirth to attend a political mixer. McAuliffe, who reads his own book, also noted how he hit a Democratic fund-raiser on the way home from the hospital with his newborn child and wife. The GOP's ad: [VaRight].

-> South Carolina voters will choose a new member of Congress in a special election today, and on the last full day of campaigning, candidate Mark Sanford started hitchiking to stops with reporters. [BuzzFeed]

Where are they?

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-- Thomas Burr