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1.RELIGIOUS FREEDOM FORUM: TUNE IN!

As the dust settles following the Salt Lake City Council’s decision to expand the city’s nondiscrimination ordinances, and with the 2010 legislative session just around the corner, Sutherland Institute invites you, your friends and family members, as well as all concerned Utah citizens, to listen to a live Internet broadcast on religious freedom hosted by Sutherland Institute, December 10, 2009.

 

The forum addressed “Negotiating Church & State in Utah” with presentations by former State Representative LaVar Christensen and Sutherland President Paul Mero.  Visithttp://www.ustream.tv/recorded/2893090
to tune in to the recorded broadcast.

 

2.SAVE THE DATE: RELIGIOUS FREEDOM FORUM

As the dust settles following the Salt Lake City Council’s decision to expand the city’s nondiscrimination ordinances, and with the 2010 legislative session just around the corner, Sutherland Institute invites you, your friends and family members, as well as all concerned Utah citizens, to listen to a live Internet broadcast on religious freedom hosted by Sutherland Institute on Thursday evening, December 10, 2009, from 6:30-8:30 pm.

 

The forum will address “Negotiating Church & State in Utah” with presentations by former State Representative LaVar Christensen and Sutherland President Paul Mero.  Visithttp://www.ustream.tv/channel/religious-freedom-forum to tune in to the broadcast.

 

3.SUTHERLAND TOUTED BY NATIONAL TAXPAYERS UNION

 

 

Show Me The Spending, a coalition sponsored by the National Taxpayers Union, featured Sutherland Institute in the December 9, 2009 edition of its newsletter.  Show Me The Spending touted Sutherland’s work in the area of transparency in government finance.

 

 

 

Under the headline “Utah Right on Target,” the newsletter details Sutherland’s active role in support of Senator Wayne Niederhauser’s efforts to add payroll data to the state’s transparency website, transparent.utah.gov.

 

 

 

The newsletter also mentions Sutherland’s recent Transparency Scholarship Essay Contest wherein Utah high school students were invited to write essays on how to improve Utah schools and governance using transparent.utah.gov.  Five winners will be awarded $1,000 scholarships in educational savings accounts for their work.

 

 

 

Visit http://sunshinereview.org/index.php/Portal:Show_Me_The_Spending to learn about Show Me The Spending and the National Taxpayers Union.

 

4.TRANSPARENCY SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Sutherland Institute congratulates the five winners of the Transparency Scholarship Essay Contest.  Those winners are:

 

* Sogand Alipour – Jordan High School
* Andrew Miller – Bountiful High School
* Dani Peterson – Mountain View High School
* Chelsey Roberts – Timpview High School
* Brandon Witte – Provo High School

 

In May, the State of Utah launched a new website, www.transparent.utah.gov, to increase public awareness of state spending.  In an effort to encourage Utahns to use the website and to promote responsible citizenship, Sutherland Institute sponsored an essay contest for Utah high school students.  Contestants were asked to base their essays on information found atwww.transparent.utah.gov and make suggestions on how best to use the website to improve Utah’s schools and governance. Students were also encouraged to explain their experience using the site and to include specific facts found on the website.

 

Each of the five winners will receive a $1,000 scholarship to be placed in an educational savings account.  The awards will be presented at a reception at the Sutherland Institute office in Salt Lake City on Tuesday evening, December 15, at 7:00 pm.  The Honorable Wayne Niederhauser, chief sponsor of the legislation that created the transparency website and member of the Utah Transparency Advisory Board, will present the awards.  Lynne Ward, Director of the Utah Educational Savings Plan, will also be on hand to present information regarding educational savings accounts and how the winners and their families will be able to manage their scholarship funds.

 

The five winning essays will be published at www.sutherlandinstitute.org following the awards reception.

 

5.TRANSPARENCY SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Sutherland Institute congratulates the five winners of the Transparency Scholarship Essay Contest.  Those winners are:

  • Sogand Alipour – Jordan High School
  • Andrew Miller – Bountiful High School
  • Dani Peterson – Mountain View High School
  • Chelsey Roberts – Timpview High School
  • Brandon Witte – Provo High School

 

The State of Utah has launched a new website, www.transparent.utah.gov, to increase public awareness of state spending.  In an effort to encourage Utahns to use the website and to promote responsible citizenship, Sutherland Institute sponsored an essay contest for Utah high school students.  Contestants were asked to base their essays on information found atwww.transparent.utah.gov and make suggestions on how best to use the website to improve Utah’s schools and governance. Students were also encouraged to explain their experience using the site and to include specific facts found on the website.

 

Each of the five winners will receive a $1,000 scholarship to be placed in an educational savings account.  The awards will be presented at a reception at the Sutherland Institute office in Salt Lake City on Tuesday evening, December 15, at 7:00 pm.  The Honorable Wayne Niederhauser, chief sponsor of the legislation that created the transparency website and member of the Utah Transparency Advisory Board, will present the awards.  A representative from the Utah Educational Saving Plan will present information regarding educational savings accounts.

 

The five winning essays will be published at www.sutherlandinstitute.org following the awards reception.