State tax reform tax force planning statewide tour this summer

FILE – The Capitol in Salt Lake City is pictured on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. The Legislature’s new tax reform task reform is planning on completing an eight-stop tour of the state by the end of July, lawmakers were told Wednesday. Silas Walker, Deseret News SALT LAKE CITY — The Legislature’s new tax reform task reform is planning on completing an eight-stop tour of the state by the end of July, lawmakers were told Wednesday. “We’ll really focus on why we’re doing this and possible solutions,” House Majority Leader Francis Gibson, R-Mapleton, the co-chairman of the task force, told …read more Source:: Deseret News – Utah News       

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will be the 23rd Democrat to announce a 2020 presidential campaign

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will announce his plans to run for the Democratic presidential nomination May 16 on Good Morning America, his campaign confirmed to NBC News. He will be the 23rd candidate and third New Yorker in the 2020 Democratic primary. De Blasio, 58, has served as mayor of New York since 2013. He is best known for pushing progressive policies including universal pre-Kindergarten and expanded paid sick time. The Mayor has faced criticism, however, over his feuding with Governor Andrew Cuomo and maintains an underwater approval rating, as well as net negative favorability within his own party. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. New… Read More

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What does it cost to compete with Disney and Netflix? Quibi bets $2 billion

If you’ve never heard of Quibi, the mobile short-form video platform started by former HP CEO Meg Whitman and Hollywood heavyweight Jeffrey Katzenberg, you’re likely not alone. The service hasn’t even launched yet, and it’s not supposed to for another year. But Quibi, which is named after the phrase “quick bite” for the types of easily digestible video content it aims to produce, plans to raise an additional $1 billion, on top of the $1 billion it already has, to get its service properly funded to get off the ground, according to a report this The Information. The eye-popping figure is, on the surface, a bit silly for a service… Read More

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Utah’s housing crisis causing more seniors to seek help, advocates say

Construction workers work at the Garden Lofts, an affordable housing project being built in Salt Lake City, on Friday, Dec. 28, 2018. Housing advocates on Wednesday painted a gloomy picture for state lawmakers sitting on the Economic Development and Workforce Services Interim Committee, spotlighting how Utah’s affordable housing crisis has impacted the state’s seniors. Scott G Winterton, Deseret News SALT LAKE CITY — Peter Herbertson, program manager of Salt Lake County’s Aging and Adult Services, said he and his team have noticed the number of calls from Utah’s elderly population struggling to keep a roof over their heads …read more Source:: Deseret News – Utah News       

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Aerial photos show migrants sleeping on the ground in makeshift tent encampment at a Texas Border Patrol station

New photos taken from a helicopter above a Border Patrol station in McAllen, Texas, show the shoddy conditions migrant families are subjected to while they’re being processed. The families have been placed in the fenced-in parking lot of the facility, with a canvas tent set up to shelter them. Migrants and young children can be seen sleeping and lying on the ground, with only thin mylar blankets for protection. Visit INSIDER’s homepage for more stories. Conditions at the Border Patrol station in McAllen, Texas, appear to have deteriorated as an influx of migrants entering the US to seek asylum continues to outpace the space and resources available to process them.… Read More

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Kickstarter will not voluntarily recognize its employee union

Kickstarter CEO Aziz Hasan and management will not voluntarily recognize Kickstarter United, its nascent employee union. (The staff is organizing with the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 153.) Instead, the company wants a National Labor Relations Board election. In an email to the entire staff, Hasan expressed concern that a union would hurt the company. Kickstarter has faced a number of challenges, Hasan writes. “I recognize the need for better communication, definition around roles and responsibilities, clarity around compensation, and processes that allow for perspectives to be shared and captured across the organization.” The company also suffers from what Hasan characterizes as “a lack of trust… Continue… Read More

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Staving off flooding: A good year so far for Utah water management

Pineview Dam controls the water flow out of Pineview Reservoir into Ogden Canyon on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. Kristin Murphy, Deseret News Debbie St. James and Mike St. James bike on a bike path along the Pineview Reservoir near Huntsville, Weber County, on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. Kristin Murphy, Deseret News Kaitlin Byers looks for rocks to skip at Cemetery Point Beach on Pineview Reservoir near Huntsville, Weber County, on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. …read more Source:: Deseret News – Utah News       

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Medicinal marijuana is well on its way to local production in Utah

FILE – This Sept. 11, 2018, file photo shows a marijuana plant in the coastal mountain range of San Luis Obispo, Calif. California legislators are considering a plan to encourage more banks to do business with its legal marijuana industry. Only Utahns over age 21 and who have certain qualifying conditions, as specified in the law, will be permitted to use the medicinal marijuana without restriction, though it must be obtained in a medicinal dosage and a legal quantity. Richard Vogel, Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, with the Utah Department …read more Source:: Deseret News – Utah News       

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President Trump’s new tool for collecting social media bias stories has one unusual question on it: Are you a US citizen? (FB, GOOG, TWTR)

The White House has unveiled a new tool for people to report bias or censorship they encounter on social media sites. Before users can provide the material though they must answer this question: Are you a US citizen or permanent resident? The form doesn’t say exactly how the information will be used, which in the case of non-US citizens or permanent residents could be potentially dangerous. Currently, President Trump is trying to add a similar citizenship question to the 2020 census, but that decision is still being decided by the Supreme Court. on the Business Insider homepage. The White House’s new online tool for people to report perceived bias or… Read More

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