1.Home School Bill Heads to the House
A bill that would help level the playing field for home school students seeking to participate in public school extra-curricular activities passed the Senate on Tuesday, February 12. SB 37: Home School and Extra Curricular Activities Amendments, supported by the Sutherland Institute, now goes to the House for debate.
Current policy has left determination of eligibility for extra-curricular activities up to school districts, leading to inconsistent policies across the state. While many districts welcome home school student participation without prejudice, a few districts do not allow home school participation at all.
2.Legislative Luncheon a Success
The staff and trustees of the Sutherland Institute enjoyed meeting with many legislators who took time out of their busy schedule on Friday, February 1, to attend our legislative luncheon in the Capitol Rotunda. “The occasion was an opportunity to express our gratitude for the time and energy legislators devote in their efforts to make Utah a better place to live, work, and raise a family,” said Stan Rasmussen, public affairs manager for Sutherland.
3.Sutherland Institute’s Own Super Tuesday
The Sutherland Institute would like to thank all who helped make our Tuesday, February 5, events such a success. The day started with an Open House to celebrate the expansion of our new offices. At midday, Ed Feulner, president and founding trustee of The Heritage Foundation, presented the keynote address. Dr. Feulner said, “If we as conservatives are to prevail in the constant battle against too much entitlement spending, against economic protectionism, against the breakdown of the family — to name some of the concerns I think we share — we have to continue working together and we have a lot of work to do to make sure that our policy outcomes are moving in the right direction.” To this end, Feulner announced the creation of the Sutherland Institute Center for Limited Government.
Later in the afternoon, Dr. Feulner and nine of Utah’s preeminent conservatives engaged in a roundtable discussion hosted by the Institute. Participants addressed several questions about the nature of conservative philosophy and conservatism in Utah, and the differences between conservative philosophy and conservative politics.
In the evening, Dr. Feulner spoke again, this time at Sutherland’s donor recognition dinner. Following his presentation, he helped Sutherland honor Soltis Advisors, Energy Solutions, and the D. Forrest Greene and Gerda M. Greene Foundation as new members of our Founder’s Society in recognition of their generous contributions that cause Sutherland’s work to move forward.
4.The Center for Limited Government
The Sutherland Institute Center for Limited Government, announced on Tuesday, February 5, is designed to promote the principle of “Limited Government as the essence of Good Government.”
Fundamentally, a free and prosperous Utah requires accountability from its people. This means that every Utahn should seek to solve their own problems and work voluntarily with their neighbors to solve community problems; that every Utahn should well understand the principles of limited, constitutional government and seek to abide by them; and, that every Utahn should support public policies that limit government spending, the role of government programs in our lives, the authority we delegate to governments, and the physical and legal expansion of governmental presence.
Key areas of focus for the Center for Limited Government include:
- Reduce the role and influence of the federal government in the lives of Utahns
- Eliminate government competition with the private sector
- Encourage sound tax policies that benefit Utah’s families and promote a strong state economy
- End the government-spending bias
- Promote accountability and transparency at all levels of government
- End taxpayer subsidies of private companies
- Encourage Utah’s business community to fully embrace a true free-market economy