The Hub Sheet – Jan 26, 2016: Nuclear salesmen, Big Cereal, and #UTLeg week one

An interactive exploration of Utah’s budget, 2000-2017. For nerds, in the #UTleg and the #UTpol.

Legislative session gets underway with day one focus on education, water, and public lands.

Single-issue bills could make their way from Utah to DC.

Sen. Adams wants  to link Lake Powell Pipeline project to transportation and road funding.

A new book collects business cards from nuclear industry salesman and it is strangely intriguing.

State auditor announces new online budget and open government training videos for local governments.

Hunger has come to the suburbs.

Gov. Herbert’s State of the State address happens Wednesday at 6:30pm. You can watch it live here.

A Canadian startup wants to help cities use residents’ smart phones to plan infrastructure projects.

Johnathan Johnson debates Sen. Jim Dabakis (video).

Utah’s own “Dirt Farmer Jay” has gone viral with YouTube tips on everything from woodworking to tangle-free power cord hacks.

China is hiring Americans for some very strange jobs.

Speaker Hughes is ending House streamed daily “media availability.” Kudos to the Governor and Senate leadership for remembering rural media  and citizen journalists matter too.

A state-by-state history of competitive presidential primary outcomes, 1976-2012.

How “Big Cereal” invented the myth that breakfast is the most important meal.

Utah’s Legislative Auditor General report (pdf) recommends greater transparency for Utah Retirement Services’ employee compensation and public meetings.

Officials in France go silent after clinical drug trial turns fatal.

Utah Chief Justice tells lawmakers justice reforms may backfire without more treatment funding, and Rep. Brian King says Medicaid Expansion must play a role.

Jesse Harris wonders why conservatives and libertarians fight when there’s much they agree on.

Like Uber, but for open water data.

Sen. Jenkins has a bill that would tie culinary water rates increases to usage.

Even Republican presidential candidates aren’t talking about the deficit. Why?

Sen. Howard Stephenson, Dan Liljenquist, other well known Utahns announce support for Carly Fiorina.

And finally, a multitude of ways to plug in to the legislative session via the Utah Senate Cloud.

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