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1 big thing: Romney wants federal workers to return to the office

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

Sen. Mitt Romney is ready to bring federal employees back to the office for the majority of their shifts.

State of play: Romney and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) recently introduced the "Back to Work Act of 2024," which would mandate federal workers to be in the office at least 60% of the time.

Why it matters: It could impact more than 40,000 employees in Utah, according to estimates from Trading Economics, which cited U.S. Federal Reserve data.

What they're saying: In a statement, Romney said empty office buildings are "wasting millions of taxpayer dollars every day."

  • "Federal employees play an important role in ensuring that the government works for the American people, and it is past time for them to get back into the office to do the work that our constituents expect from their government," he said.
  • Manchin in a statement said the measure would help society reach "pre-pandemic normalcy."

Context: The pandemic forced many industries to adopt remote work to comply with state mandates and health guidelines.

Yes, but: Executives have grappled with finding a balance between allowing remote work and requiring office time.

  • Six out of 158 U.S. CEOs said they planned to prioritize bringing workers back to the office full-time in 2024, according to a Conference Board survey conducted last October and November, Axios Markets' Emily Peck reported.
  • Just over a quarter of U.S. CEOs said they would maintain a hybrid model.
  • Some workers have lauded telework for providing flexibility and making it easier to maintain a work-life balance.

Between the lines: Workers prefer a hybrid model over going fully remote, but other research has found that remote workers are 10% to 20% less productive.

You tell us: Has your employer required you to return to the office? Let us know how that's going and what you prefer by replying to this email.

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2. 🔋 EV-friendly homes in Salt Lake

Bar chart showing the share of EV-friendly home listings on Realtor.com in 2023. San Jose, Calif. led the way with 4.9 percent of listings. San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles, Oxnard, Calif., San Diego, Riverside, Calif., Honolulu and Austin rounded out the rest of top metros.
Data: Realtor.com, Cox Automotive; Note: Among 100 biggest metro areas; Chart: Axios Visuals

Homes with electric vehicle chargers could hold greater resale value as more car buyers make the switch, Realtor.com chief economist Danielle Hale says.

The big picture: Access to at-home EV charging is a rare and increasingly desirable amenity nationwide.

By the numbers: Just 1.6% of homes listings in the Salt Lake metro area last year were EV-friendly, per Realtor.com and Cox Automotive's report.

Between the lines: Home chargers are often more convenient than public ones, and faster than charging cables that come with most EVs.

  • The typical installation runs between $548 and $1,382, per HomeAdvisor.

State of play: Rocky Mountain Power offers eligible homeowners up to $200 off to install an EV charger.

Reality check: You've got time to install that charger. EV adoption hasn't been swift, Axios' Joann Muller reports.

The big picture: A small but growing share (0.9%) of U.S. homes listed on Realtor.com in 2023 were described as EV-friendly, up from 0.1% five years earlier.

Note: Cox Automotive's parent company, Cox Enterprises, also owns Axios.

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3. Fry Sauce: A dollop of news

Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios

💼 doTERRA cut nearly 7% of its workforce in what the company called "organizational restructuring." The Pleasant Grove-based essential oils company did not specify which positions were eliminated. (The Salt Lake Tribune)

Family members, colleagues and state leaders gathered yesterday to remember Santaquin Police Sgt. Bill Hooser who died in the line of duty in early May. (KSL.com)

🔥 Skies could get a little hazy this week as smoke from a wildfire in Oregon is forecasted to make its way to northern Utah. (FOX 13)

🐟 Utah wildlife officials increased the fish limit at Fall Creek and its tributaries to 16 trout of any species. The emergency change announced yesterday comes ahead of a rotenone treatment to restore native cutthroat trout to the waters. (DWR)

4. 🕺 Childish Gambino to make tour stop in SLC

Donald Glover attends the 2024 Met Gala last week in New York City. Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

Grammy-winning rapper Childish Gambino announced yesterday that his "The New World Tour" is coming to the Delta Center on Sept. 14.

Why it matters: It will be the "Atlanta" showrunner's first time on the road after he previously announced his 2018-19 "This is America" tour would be his last.

State of play: The singer, whose real name is Donald Glover, also dropped a reimagined album "Atavista" yesterday.

  • Willow is the scheduled opener for his Salt Lake City stop.

What's next: Tickets for the public will be available starting May 17.

Kim's thought bubble: I was ready to see Childish Gambino's 2018 concert in Los Angeles, but it was canceled after he sustained an injury.

  • If I can snag tickets, I'll try to see him again this year.

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🎧 Kim is re-listening to Childish Gambino's "12.38."

😶‍🌫️ Erin is out.

This newsletter was edited by Ross Terrell and copy edited by Natasha Danielle Smith and Aurora Martínez.