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Former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles, co-chair of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, is pursued by reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, following a closed-door meeting House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
News roundup: Bowles rejects GOP plan to avoid fiscal cliff

Republicans offer fiscal cliff plan. Herbert to meet with Obama, Boehner & Reid. Brigham City mayor apologizes for affair.

Happy Tuesday. With but a few weeks remaining, Republicans proposed a solution to the pending fiscal cliff that calls for $800 billion in new revenue, billions in cuts for federal health programs and billions in cuts for discretionary spending.

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-> They credit its framework to a plan laid out last year by former Clinton chief of staff Erskine Bowles, though Bowles distanced himself from the plan on Monday: "While I'm flattered the Speaker would call something 'the Bowles plan,' the approach outlined in the letter Speaker Boehner sent to the president does not represent the Simpson-Bowles plan, nor is it the Bowles plan." [WaPost] [USAToday]

Topping the news: Herbert and the other eight members of the National Governors Association executive committee will meet with President Barack Obama, House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid this morning to discuss the potential impact of the fiscal cliff. [DNews]

-> Brigham City Mayor Dennis Fife confesses his extramarital affair to residents in an apologetic letter. [Trib] [APviaNews]

-> If the nation heads over the fiscal cliff, Utah could go from a $300 million surplus to a $248 million deficit. [Trib] [UtahPolicy]

Tweets of the day: From @JakeTapper: "Things getting frosty? The Speaker came to WH for annual congressional holiday party but didnt pose for photo w POTUS as other reps. did."

Happy birthday: to state Rep. Mark Wheatley.

In other news: An independent commission recommends a 36 percent bump in Gov. Gary Herbert's salary, bringing it from $109,900 to $150,000 a year. [Trib] [DNews] [UtahPolicy]

-> Herbert said Utah is "ready, willing and able" to host the 2026 Winter Olympic Games: "It's not a matter of can we do it. We've proven we can do it and we can do it better than anybody in the world." [Trib] [DNews]

-> A nationwide climate change awareness campaign stopped for a sold-out show in Salt Lake City stop on Monday night. The campaign urges colleges and universities to keep their money away from fossil fuel companies. [Trib]

-> Peg McEntee says Jim Dabakis is perfectly capable of handling his new appointment as state senator alongside his calling as chairman of the Utah Democratic Party. [Trib]

-> In competitive races in Utah, voters take longer to decide whom to vote for. [UtahDataPoints]

Nationally: Romney's campaign manager regrets the hard-shift on immigration the candidate took. [HuffPost]

-> Romney is returning to the board of Marriott International, a spot he held before he started running for president. [CNN]

Where are they?

  • Utah Governor Gary Herbert gathers with the National Governor's Association Executive Committee in Washington, meets with President Barack Obama to discuss the fiscal cliff and budgetary issues and then sits down with House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Harry Reid.
  • SL Co. Mayor Peter Corroon heads to the Youth Services Giving Tree Annual Event, meets with the County Council and then makes his way to the county art collection open house.
  • SLC Mayor Ralph Becker attends a performing arts center meeting, gets together with with City Council Chair Soren Simonsen and Vice-Chair Charlie Luke, holds a second performing arts center meeting and finishes the day with a City Council meeting.
  • WVC Mayor Mike Winder meets with Sandy Mayor Tom Dolan, hits the City Council meeting and attends a holiday reception at the Governor's Mansion.
  • President Barack Obama meets with governors to discuss potential fiscal cliff solutions and later meets with Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta in the Oval Office.

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-- Thomas Burr and Betsy Blanchard

Twitter.com/thomaswburr and Twitter.com/betsyblanchard



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