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Situational Analysis | March 23, 2023

Happy Thursday and Ramadan Mubarak to those who observe this holy month of fasting and introspection. 

What You Need to Know

  • Governor Cox has signed the tax bills from the 2023 session into law. The bills drop the income tax rate from 4.85% to 4.65%, expand the Social Security tax credit, allow pregnant women to claim a double exemption for their baby when he or she is born, increase the earned income tax credit, boost property tax exemptions for disabled veterans, re-enact an adoption tax credit and, if approved by voters in 2024, take the sales tax off of food. 

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Utah Headlines

Political news

  • Weber County GOPers to pick party leadership for new term (Standard-Examiner)
  • Income taxes, adoptions, and maybe food: Utah governor signs tax cut bills into law (KUTV)
  • Cox signs bills offering millions in tax cuts (Fox13)
  • South Jordan City to claim 2,200 acres of mining company land into city limits (Fox13)
  • Utah AG claims ESG or ‘climate investing’ contributed to SVB collapse (KSL Newsradio)
  • What we know about ‘sovereign citizens’ in Utah, after Farmington shooting draws attention to movement. Sovereign citizens are “definitely more prevalent than we think,” a former Salt Lake County Clerk said. (Salt Lake Tribune)

General Utah news

  • Hoops hysteria greets Utes as they head off to Sweet 16 (Fox13)
  • Fans excited to cheer on University of Utah basketball team in Friday's 'Sweet 16' game (Fox13)
  • UVU is headed to the NIT semifinals after a third straight win (Deseret News)
  • Silence: No transparency after SLCPD captain accused of vehicle registration fraud (Fox13)
  • Sanderson v. Paltrow Day 2: Cross-examining a doctor (ABC4)
  • Utah cattle ranchers losing calves to winter conditions (KSL TV)
  • Juanita Brooks took grief for telling the truth about Mountain Meadows. Now she is being praised. (Salt Lake Tribune)


  • Flooding in California could impact produce prices in the future. Some strawberry and lettuce farms were completely submerged during the storms (Deseret News)
  • Fed threads the needle on inflation vs. banking volatility, bumps interest rate .25% (Deseret News)
  • Is corporate America ready for Ramadan? (Deseret News)
  • Why bosses who praised remote work sour on productivity from home. Some companies now see flexible work setups as a liability in a slowing economy (Wall Street Journal)


  • Southern Utah University’s choice of LDS Elder Holland for commencement divides seniors (KUER)
  • SUU officials hear from huge crowd regarding choice of Latter-day Saint leader as commencement speaker (St. George News)
  • Before he was named Sterling Scholar, high schooler Aaron Wang excelled in college-level robotics research (Deseret News)
  • Scholarship helps local high school students attend University of Utah (Fox13)
  • A Utah parent says the Bible contains porn and should be removed from school libraries. Here’s their full challenge. (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • University of Utah earns distinction as 'Military Friendly School' (KSL)


  • Utah celebrates over 700" of snowfall (Fox13)
  • Experts hope ‘water shepherding’ will improve Great Salt Lake (ABC4)
  • Sandbags prepared by Iron County officials ahead of possible Southern Utah flooding (KUTV)
  • The surfer, the scientist and the big-wave beach at a breaking point (Washington Post)


  • New study reveals hormonal contraceptives could increase breast cancer risk by 20% (Deseret News)
  • The professor of happiness: Arthur Brooks on the secret of contentment (Deseret News)
  • More deaths, injuries linked to recalled eyedrops (KSL)

National Headlines


  • Americans’ faith in banks low after failures: AP-NORC poll (AP)
  • Jill Biden: It’s time for men to step up for women’s rights (AP)
  • Antisemitic incidents in US reached all-time high in 2022 (The Hill)


  • Trump lawyer ordered to turn over Mar-a-Lago case documents (AP)
  • Biden approval dips near lowest point: AP-NORC poll (AP)
  • The 5 most important things Fed Chair Powell said about the banking crisis Wednesday (The Hill)
  • Never Don and Never Ron: The rest of the GOP field looks for a third lane (Politico)
  • TikTok chief to testify in Congress as US and China duel over tech (New York Times)

Ukraine 🇺🇦

  • ‘On tour in hell’: Wounded Ukrainian soldiers evacuated (AP)
  • Former New Zealand soldier who helped veterans dies in Ukraine (AP)
  • Ukraine says Russia's Bakhmut assault loses steam, counterstrike coming soon (Reuters)
  • Ukraine, pumped up by Western weapons, is held back by slow deliveries (Washington Post)


  • Two English sports leagues are helping Muslim athletes observe Ramadan this year. Here’s how. (Deseret News)
  • In photos: Muslim world comes together to celebrate Ramadan (Washington Post)
  • See one historic Turkish street before and after the earthquakes (New York Times)

News Release

New York Times best-selling fantasy, science fiction author to ‘make magic’ as UVU’s 2023 commencement speaker

Utah Valley University (UVU) today announced New York Times bestselling fantasy and science fiction author and Utah resident Brandon Sanderson will “make magic” as the university’s spring commencement speaker on May 4, 2023, at 6:30 p.m. in the UCCU Center on UVU’s Orem Campus. (Read More)

Draper’s art scene soars to new heights

Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson and Draper Mayor Troy Walker dropped the curtain Tuesday on two new art installations overlooking the Price Lone Peak Business Park. The four unique cravens are made of bronze, each weighing 200 pounds. Three sit atop a 22-foot-tall feature over the entrance to the business park. The fourth craven holds a key perched on a 20-foot reclaimed historic Rio Grande/Union Pacific gantry beam that was repurposed for the project. (Read More)

Gov. Cox signs eight bills of the 2023 General Legislative Session

Utah Gov. Spencer J. Cox signed eight bills today, making a total of 479 signed pieces of legislation from the 2023 legislative session. Information on bills signed today can be found here.


Number of the Day

Number of the Day, Mar 23, 2023


Tweet of the Day

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  • Family, Religion, Education & Entrepreneurship Forum with Sutherland Institute & AEI — March 23, 8:00 am - 2:00 pm, Hyatt Regency, Register Here
  • Sutherland Institute Annual Gala honoring Lowry Snow & Ian Rowe — Mar. 23, 7 pm, Hyatt Regency, More Information Here
  • MWEG Spring Conference with keynote speaker Becky Edwards — Mar. 25, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm at UVU or virtual, Register Here
  • Advancing Women Through “Developmental Relationships”: A Dialogue with Global Experts with the Utah Women and Leadership Project — April 4, 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm, Register here
  • Hatch Foundation Gala with special guest Sen. Mitch McConnell and Sec. Elaine Chao — April 14, 7:00 pm, Grand America, Register Here
  • Mount Liberty College Spring Youth Seminar on The Virginian — May 6, 9 am - 7 pm, Register Here

On This Day In History 

  • 1775 - Patrick Henry gives an impassioned speech wherein he proclaims “Give me liberty or give me death!”
  • 1839 - “OK” enters the national vernacular. 
  • 1857 - Elisha Otis installs the first public elevator in New York City
  • 1875 - The British survey ship, H.M.S. Challenger discovers the deepest known region of the Earth’s oceans when it made its first sounding of the Mariana Trench.
  • 1882 - The Edmunds (Anti-Polygamy) Act is adopted by the US Senate and aimed squarely at the Utah Territory. 1300 men are later imprisoned under the act.
  • 1884 - Florence Ellinwood Allen is born. She became the first woman to serve on a state supreme court and one of the first two women to serve as a United States federal judge
  • 1981 - The US Supreme Court decides in Kirchberg v Feenstra that Louisiana’s ‘head and master’ law stipulating that marital property was under the control of the husband was, in fact, unconstitutional. In 1981.
  • 1983 - 112 days after becoming the world’s first recipient of a permanent artificial heart, Barney Clark dies at the University of Utah Medical Center. 
  • 2011 - Elizabeth Taylor dies at age 79
  • 2022 - Madeleine Albright dies at age 84

Quote of the Day

"It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent."
—Madeleine Albright

On the Punny Side

What do you call birds that stick together?



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