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Testimony in Support of HB 385 (State Monuments Act)

Testimony given by Matthew Anderson on February 28, 2017, in support of HB 385 (State Monuments Act) before the House Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Standing Committee of the Utah Legislature. Good morning, representatives. My name is Matt Anderson and I am a policy analyst for the Coalition for Self-Government in the West, a project […]

Messy football locker room.

3 reasons schools should make their own transgender policies

Originally published in The Federalist. Wednesday night the Trump administration reversed the one-size-fits-all approach the Obama administration took last year on student privacy in sex-segregated facilities. The Obama mandate, issued by the departments of Justice and Education, claimed to interpret a 1972 statute on sex discrimination in education, Title IX, and warned schools federal funding […]

Cow on pasture, eating grass. More cows in back.

Grazing should be critical piece of lands management

Originally published in The Spectrum.  The cowboy is a quintessential part of American heritage. Today, this fixture of Western culture is under attack and, at the rate we’re going, it won’t be long until he becomes just another chapter in history But the disappearance of ranchers means much more than the loss of a cultural icon. […]

Blue lupine wildflowers above the ski runs in Park City, Utah, USA.

Testimony in Support of HCR 1 (Concurrent Resolution to Secure the Perpetual Health and Vitality of Utah’s Public Lands and Its Status as a Premier Public Lands State)

Testimony given by Matthew Anderson on February 24, 2017, in support of HCR 1 (Concurrent Resolution to Secure the Perpetual Health and Vitality of Utah’s Public Lands and Its Status as a Premier Public Lands State) before the House Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Standing Committee of the Utah Legislature. Good morning, representatives. My name […]

Little girl living in poverty.

Tackling intergenerational poverty at Utah’s Legislature

How can Utah encourage the private sector to help children in intergenerational poverty? “HB 24 offers the hope to children in intergenerational poverty that their parents’ poverty and a lack of savings will not dash their dreams of a college education,” said Christine Cooke, Sutherland Institute education policy analyst. “By encouraging self-reliance and private donations […]

Principle Matters – Political Power vs. Policy Power

Principle Matters – Political Power vs. Policy Power

There is exactly one thing standing between the American people and the type of government the founders of the nation envisioned. That one thing? For members of Congress to do their job! For far too long Congress has ceded its authority to the executive branch and the regulatory state. Why has so much power shifted […]

Open range cattle grazing at foothills of Rocky Mountains in northern Colorado, summer scenery

Dusty Trails: The Erosion of Grazing in the American West

Cheerful little poor boy standing portrait near brick wall at his home and looking to the camera portrait close up.

Testimony in support of HB 24 (Student Prosperity Savings Program – Tax Amendments)

Statement in support of HB 24 Sub 1 (Student Prosperity Savings Program – Tax Amendments) as prepared by Christine Cooke, who testified before the Senate Revenue and Taxation Standing Committee on Feb. 17, 2017: Thank you, members of the committee. I’m Christine Cooke, education policy analyst at Sutherland Institute. Sutherland understands that every child has […]

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Testimony in favor of Senate Bill 196 (Health Education Amendments)

Statement as prepared by William C. Duncan, senior fellow at Sutherland Institute, who testified in favor of SB 196 – Health Education Amendments, on Feb. 21, 2017, before the Senate Education Committee of the Utah Legislature: The core policy of Utah as it relates to sex education today recognizes that marriage is the only appropriate […]

Don't Drink and Drive written on the road

Utah should strengthen its DUI law

How a .05 BAC Standard Strengthens Personal Freedom A mountain of evidence suggests that moving Utah’s DUI blood alcohol content (BAC) standard to .05 will save lives and improve public safety on Utah’s roads. This is common-sense policy in much of the civilized world, which already has a .05 BAC standard with no discernible harms […]