Sutherland Newsletter – September 4, 2008

1.Mero Moment

Sutherland Institute President Paul Mero recently began a weekly segment on KVNU in Logan.  The “Mero Moment” runs each Tuesday as part of KVNU’s “For the People,” hosted by Tyler Riggs.  The “Mero Moment” is also available on KVNU’s For the People website.


“We appreciate Tyler and the good people at KVNU for providing this opportunity,” Mero said.  “This series has provided us with a tremendous opportunity to reach out to the folks in Cache Valley.”


In the first three segments, Mero has discussed Sutherland Institute’s opinion on immigration, Governor Huntsman’s economic development plan as it relates to global warming, and the growing impact of political blogs.


The “Mero Moment” is broadcast each Tuesday at approximately 4:45 p.m. on 610 AM Radio in Logan.


Following is a list of links to the first three “Mero Moment” segments:


Economic Development & Global Warming –
Illegal Immigration –
Political Blogs –


2.New Team

Sutherland’s new Director of Communications, Jeff Reynolds, was recently recognized by Brigham Young University and head football coach Bronco Mendenhall for his nearly 10 years of outstanding service to the school.  Writing in the Sunday, September 14, 2008 edition of theDeseret News, sports writer Jeff Call included the following:

“FINAL GAME: Saturday’s game marked the last for Jeff Reynolds as BYU’s football media relations director. He has taken a job as the new director of communications for the Sutherland Institute. Reynolds was honored before the game in the press box, receiving a photo montage of the winning play of the 2006 BYU-Utah game, signed by John Beck and Jonny Harline.

Reynolds has worked 114 straight BYU games dating back to 1999. Following the game, coach Bronco Mendenhall interrupted the post-game news conference to give Reynolds the game ball and pay tribute to him. ‘On behalf of our football program and myself, Jeff has been a great partner for myself and for (the media),’ Mendenhall said. ‘Today wasn’t how this thing started four years ago. Jeff has helped me through a lot of pretty hard times as a brand new head coach with a lot of issues that I didn’t know what to do with. I’m appreciative.'”


3.Reconciling Utah’s Budget Deficit

Consistent with the ongoing mission of the Sutherland Institute to help make Utah an example of good government, the Institute has submitted four specific recommendations to the Legislature’s Executive Appropriations Committee prior to the special legislative session called by Governor Huntsman.  Meeting today and tomorrow, September 25 and 26, legislators are addressing the projected $272 million budget shortfall.


Sutherland recommends a reduction in spending of $274.5 million.


Limited government is good government.  For this reason, Sutherland believes decreases in government spending should be the primary avenue to deal with the budget deficit, and that tax increases and the issuance of debt should be avoided if possible.  The recommendations include a three percent “across-the-board” reduction in the fiscal year 2008-09 budget, while holding public education harmless; an additional 4.85 percent reduction in capital projects; an additional reduction by agency directors of their administrative budgets by 4.85 percent; and reducing funding for several programs, some of which could simply be delays of funding for programs that do not constitute critical needs.


Sutherland does NOT recommend raising taxes.


Additional details about the Institute’s recommendations can be found in the September 24, 2008 Sutherland press release.