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Bravo for Supreme Court’s stay on EPA power grab

In a surprising 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court abruptly halted President Obama’s controversial power plant regulations, dealing a blow to the Clean Power Plan. The court’s order states that the EPA’s carbon pollution emission guidelines are to be put on hold pending a decision from a federal court of appeals. It is rare for the […]

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Nonbinding nonsense: questionable tactic for the frustrated

Groups that have had their political and ideological agendas frustrated by Utah’s constitutional order and the conservative instincts of state policymakers have recently begun pursuing a new tactic in their crusade to moderate and “sophisticate” the state’s prudent management of taxpayer resources. They have proposed statewide “nonbinding votes” of the people. The idea of the […]

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Testimony in opposition to SB 73 (Medical Cannabis Act)

Testimony presented by Stan Rasmussen, Sutherland Institute director of public affairs, on Feb. 4, 2016, before the Senate Judiciary, Law Enforcement, and Criminal Justice Committee of the Utah Legislature regarding SB 73. Thank you, Madam Chair, and good evening, senators. Stan Rasmussen, representing Sutherland Institute. In our view, Utah would not go down a path […]

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Testimony regarding SB 89 (Medical Cannabidiol Amendments)

Testimony presented by Stan Rasmussen, Sutherland Institute director of public affairs, on Feb. 4, 2016, before the Senate Health and Human Services Committee of the Utah Legislature regarding SB 89: Thank you, Mr. Chair, and good afternoon, senators. Stan Rasmussen, representing Sutherland Institute. In our view, Utah would not go down a path of legalizing […]

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Testimony in opposition to SB 101 (High Quality School Readiness Program Expansion)

Testimony presented by Christine Cooke, Sutherland Institute education policy analyst, on Feb. 4, 2016, before the Senate Education Standing Committee of the Utah Legislature regarding SB 101: Thank you, members of the committee. I’m Christine Cooke, education policy analyst for Sutherland Institute. Sutherland appreciates and sympathizes with the intent of SB 101 to create an […]

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Public lands compromise is a win for conservation

There is a process to producing sound public policy in America. It begins with lively debate, where essential values are articulated and the free exchange of ideas reigns supreme, and it culminates in principled compromise. Both competition and cooperation are necessary parts of this process. Without various interests posturing to present the best arguments in […]

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Testimony in opposition to SB 78 (State Board of Education Candidate Selection)

Testimony presented by Stan Rasmussen, Sutherland Institute director of public affairs, on Jan. 29, 2016, before the Senate Education Standing Committee of the Utah Legislature regarding SB 78: Thank you, Mr. Chair, and good afternoon, senators. Stan Rasmussen representing Sutherland Institute. Sutherland appreciates the intent of the bill sponsor, Senator Millner, to find a way […]

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Sutherland testimony in support of SB 45 (Compulsory Education Revisions)

Testimony presented by Stan Rasmussen, Sutherland Institute director of public affairs, on Jan. 29, 2016, before the Senate Education Standing Committee of the Utah Legislature regarding SB 45) Thank you, Madam Chair. Stan Rasmussen, again with Sutherland Institute. Sutherland supports the fundamental liberty interest of parents to direct their child’s education, as protected by the […]

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How courts are making light of religious beliefs

Earlier this month, an appeals court in New York upheld a $13,000 fine levied by the State Division of Human Rights against owners of a farm, part of which the owners rent out for weddings and receptions. Their offense was declining to host a same-sex marriage on their property. ($10,000 of the fine goes to […]