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Home Republicans terrorized by know-how
A tipster tells “The Rundown” that Home Republicans navigated a technological nightmare on Wednesday morning as Rep. Nelson Abbott’s Outlook malfunctioned, sending them a whole bunch of electronic mail invites to the Wednesday Home Majority caucus lunch. The digital calendar gadgets swamped inboxes, arriving on the fee of a number of per minute, which despatched productiveness plummeting as inboxes overflowed.
Home workers ultimately stopped the digital deluge from the Orem Republican’s electronic mail earlier than lunchtime.
Right here’s what it’s worthwhile to know for Thursday morning
🚨 Democrats and Republicans are headed towards a showdown on elevating the debt restrict. In the event that they don’t approve a rise within the debt ceiling, it may do large harm to the financial system. [NYT]
💉 Utah lawmakers aren’t certain if they’ll block a federal vaccine requirement for companies, however they appear desperate to strive. [Tribune]
💉 President Joe Biden is asking massive firms like Disney and Microsoft to assist with the push to get Individuals vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19. [Reuters]
The FDA didn’t take a stance on booster photographs for the Pfizer vaccine, citing a scarcity of information. [CNBC]
🏥 Rep. Paul Ray mentioned Intermountain Well being Care is overstating capability issues in its ICUs. The Republican lawmaker mentioned a number of the difficulties could possibly be blamed on poor enterprise selections. [Tribune]
🏛 A number of U.S. gymnasts testified earlier than Congress about how the FBI botched an investigation into abuse allegations in opposition to Larry Nassar. [CNN]
🚙 Regulators say it may take years to resolve the air pollution drawback alongside the Wasatch Entrance. [Tribune]
🏛 Utah lawmakers are combating a Utah Supreme Court docket ruling permitting transgender Utahns to listing their gender identification on state data. A legislative committee thought of how the state ought to deal with gender on start certificates. [Tribune]
🚰 Ogden is warning residents who use ingesting water to water lawns may face felony penalties. [Tribune]
✈️ Utah will obtain 765 Afghan refugees from the primary wave of these evacuated from the nation after the withdrawal of U.S. forces. [Tribune]
🦠 The quickly growing variety of children who COVID-19 is infecting is elevating the alarm amongst officers throughout the nation. The variety of coronavirus circumstances amongst youngsters rose 240% in July. [CNN]
🚔 The Justice Division banned the usage of chokeholds by federal legislation enforcement officers. [CNN]
👀 Former President Donald Trump is nervous this weekend’s rally in Washington, D.C. in help of jailed January 6 rioters is a “arrange” designed to embarrass him. [NYT]
🚀 SpaceX launched 4 civilians into orbit. The 4 beginner astronauts will spend three days orbiting the Earth. [AP]
🦬 A document variety of guests went to Yellowstone Nationwide Park in August. [NYT]
🎤 No, somebody on the White Home didn’t push a “button” to cease President Biden from talking. [FactCheck]
💵 Shut up and take my cash! Taco Bell is testing a month-to-month taco subscription. The “Taco Lover’s Move” offers subscribers one taco a day for 30 days. [CNN]
Your flip: What’s occurring with Utah’s employment state of affairs?
Earlier this week I asked readers to share their thoughts on why Utah’s unemployment fee hasn’t budged a lot regardless of Gov. Spencer Cox’s determination to finish enhanced unemployment advantages early.
I acquired some terrific responses. I’m sharing a few of them beneath. A couple of have been edited for size.
I’ve no sympathy for employers and don’t consider their crocodile tears relating to not discovering workers. I acquired laid off 18 months in the past because of COVID-19. I’ve 2 Masters levels and have despatched out 100s of resumes for jobs that match my expertise like a glove. All I get again (if I get any response in any respect) is that I didn’t make the minimize. And I’m not an remoted case. I personally know a number of others who’re having the identical expertise. The “labor scarcity” is a fantasy! — Reed Coombs
Utah had extra jobs than individuals earlier than the pandemic according to the SLC Chamber. That is true for a number of states.
Prior to now 18 months, 660k individuals have died placing a pressure on an already tight labor market. Moreover, there are extra jobs accessible than there have been earlier than the pandemic. Eating places, Healthcare, and many others want MORE employees. This isn’t a difficulty of individuals coasting on unemployment advantages and it by no means was. By ending the advantages early (earlier than the federal authorities), Utah and different states simply continued to harm essentially the most susceptible individuals in our communities. — Megan Daigneau
I consider that lots of workers that have been out of labor through the COVID pandemic took the time to enhance their schooling and talent units to get higher jobs that weren’t affected by the work interruptions.
I additionally consider that some employees, seeing the Utah GOP push by means of legal guidelines shielding firms from COVID-related lawsuits, elected to remain protected till the state of affairs improves. Why threat your well being for a low-paying job the place you might be underappreciated? If I enter a enterprise and I see that they don’t seem to be caring for their workers, I take my cash elsewhere. — Carl Stark
Boomers are retiring at a quicker fee than they are often changed. Extra dwelling healthcare companies are required, better demand for meals supply and different unskilled employees.
Retirees are staying retired. Since Covid isn’t below management, many Utahns of retirement age are taking retirement early, or usually are not selecting up post-retirement jobs like we did up to now. Two mates of mine of their early seventies who commonly barkered samples at Costco don’t work. Likewise, I can’t be enjoying Santa, scorekeeping, or doing different highschool sports activities merchandising due to COVID continues to be uncontrolled. The Covid stimulus checks helped us make these selections.
Healthcare business burnout: Not keen to work in hospitals, many expert nurses are taking a look at different alternatives as there’s excessive demand for each rural and concrete dwelling nurses. — Fred Bonyea
I by no means anticipated expanded unemployment advantages being the rationale individuals weren’t working. Shortly after I moved again to Utah in 2014, I used to be listening to a presentation by a state economist (I want I remembered her title). She shared one thing I assumed was fascinating and I feel we’re seeing it play out now.
Even again in these years, Utah had a low unemployment fee, however our wages weren’t going up– which isn’t regular. She believed from the info patterns that Utah has a “hidden” workforce (not your typical hidden workforce by definition). The thought shared was that we now have a big group of people who find themselves not commonly on the lookout for work, however will take a job if it pursuits them and possibly add a little bit extra cash to family earnings (i.e. stay-at-home-parent with children in class many of the day, latest empty-nester guardian, or retirees). With this group creeping out and in of the workforce, jobs have been nonetheless being crammed so the wages didn’t want to extend with such a low unemployment fee. Many on this group weren’t utilizing the earnings to help an entire family, simply further earnings, so that they didn’t have to fret about “residing wages” and will take jobs lower than residing wages.
Take into consideration who grew to become extra “caught” at dwelling due to the pandemic— children have been at dwelling or could possibly be despatched dwelling at any time throughout faculty hours; individuals over 65 are at increased threat for COVID’s harmful outcomes. and many others;. These “hidden employees” don’t must work OR usually are not in a position to return to work till the pandemic is really within the rearview mirror. I consider it is going to be some time earlier than this group feels life has settled sufficient to be tempted to return into the workforce. — Jen Nibley
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Thursday’s Utah information roundup
Moab data element ‘home drawback’ reported earlier than Gabby Petito’s disappearance. [Tribune]
Utah’s parole board didn’t improve compassionate releases through the pandemic. [Tribune]
Take a tour of the historic properties in Salt Lake Metropolis’s earliest suburb. [Tribune]
Misplaced lamb on the College of Utah beneficial properties fame because the ‘Ewe of U.’ because it evades animal management. [Tribune]
Hip hop stars Drake, Killer Mike and others be a part of Utah man to ask for hashish pardons. [Fox 13]
11 extra Utahns die of COVID-19, and practically 1,900 extra contract the virus. [Tribune]
Right here’s what number of extra children examined optimistic for COVID-19 after Take a look at to Keep at two Utah colleges. [Tribune]
Utah man, ready for a kidney transplant, faces a delay as a result of COVID-19 circumstances are filling hospitals. [Tribune]
The ‘Devious Lick’ TikTok problem that’s scary thefts, vandalism at colleges nationwide has hit Utah. [Deseret News]
Within the opinion pages
— The Tribune’s Jordan Miller contributed to this report.