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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 […]

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TPLA as Trojan horse for U.N. agenda? Nope

It was the first day of classes and I had just settled into my chair and opened my notebook. My political statistics professor began his lecture with this phrase: “Association does not imply causation.” I didn’t know it then, but those words would both determine the fate of my grade for that semester and stick […]

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2016 Utah Legislature begins

Starting today, the Utah Legislature is in session through March 10. The state of Utah has an excellent legislative website with a wealth of information available to Utahns. Click here to learn the quickest way to find and read the text of a specific bill. To learn more (with pictures!) about how a bill becomes […]

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Hot topic on the Hill: early education

Utah’s legislative session starts in less than a week, and early education will be a hot topic. In fact, in November, the Interim Education Committee endorsed bills regarding extended day kindergarten and discussed expanding school readiness programs. School readiness programs are better known as “preschool.” The interim committee heard comments about preschool programs at Granite […]

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Fear not: States are well equipped to manage land

A New York Times article, “The Larger, but Quieter Than Bundy, Push to Take Over Federal Land,” asks, “How can states afford hundreds of rangers, officers, and administrators to keep the land safe and comply with complicated federal laws on environmental policy and protecting endangered species?” A quick check of the existing scholarly research on […]