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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 […]

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Dusty Trails: The Erosion of Grazing in the American West

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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 […]

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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 […]

Outdoor Retailer should avoid ultimatums on lands policy

Outdoor Retailer should avoid ultimatums on lands policy

Today, some leaders from the outdoor retail industry are making demands and issuing ultimatums to Utah’s elected officials, threatening to pull the Outdoor Retailer trade shows from the state. Their aggressive actions highlight how the discussion around public land management has been absolutely degraded. So, while questioning our state’s values and love for public lands, their ultimatums are actually […]

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Endings Matter

I have spent a lifetime learning lessons from my dad. Some lessons came through our conversations as we discussed simple principles and practices such as seeing the best in people, constantly learning, never judging, pursuing excellence, reading and writing with purpose, servant leadership, and how to help others see and reach their potential. However, one […]

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Testimony in support of HB 239 (Juvenile Justice Amendments)

Testimony given by Derek Monson on Feb. 10, 2017, in support of HB 239 (Juvenile Justice Amendments) before the House Judiciary Committee of the Utah Legislature: Thank you, Mr. Chair and members of the committee. My name is Derek Monson and I represent Sutherland Institute. Sutherland Institute supports HB 239 because one of its major […]

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Testimony in support of HCR 12 (Concurrent Resolution Urging Federal Legislation to Reduce or Modify the Boundaries of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument)

Testimony given by Matthew Anderson on Feb. 2, 2017, in support of HCR 12 (Concurrent Resolution Urging Federal Legislation to Reduce or Modify the Boundaries of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument) before the Senate Business and Labor Committee of the Utah Legislature. Good afternoon, senators. My name is Matt Anderson. I represent the Sutherland Institute […]

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Testimony in support of HCR 11 (Concurrent Resolution Urging the President to Rescind the Bears Ears National Monument Designation)

Testimony given by Matthew Anderson on Feb. 2, 2017, in support of HCR 11 (Concurrent Resolution Urging the President to Rescind the Bears Ears National Monument Designation) before the Senate Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Committee of the Utah Legislature.  Senators, good to be here with you today. My name is Matt Anderson, and I […]