Sutherland Newsletter – October 15, 2009


When the Utah Legislature convenes in January 2010, lawmakers will have the task of cutting a reported $700 million – and as much as $850 million – from the state’s budget.  How will these budget cuts affect you, your business, and your family?

Plan now to attend the next session of the Utah Prosperity Forum on Thursday, October 29, 2009, to discuss these challenging circumstances.  Focusing on the topic “State Budget Cuts: How Will Utah Feel the Pinch?” the session will be held from 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm at the Sutherland Institute, located in the Crane Building, 307 West 200 South, Suite 5005, in downtown Salt Lake City.

Guest speakers will include Norm Bangerter, former Utah governor and current chairman of the Utah Advisory Commission to Optimize State Government; Dr. Larry Shumway, state superintendent of public instruction; and Lane Beattie, president of the Salt Lake Chamber.  Each will present prepared remarks, engage dialogue with one another and attendees, and respond to questions.  State Representative Ron Bigelow, co-chair of the Legislature’s Executive Appropriations Committee, will serve as moderator.

As seating will be limited and pre-registration to attend this event is required, we encourage you to register soon by contacting Jim Giometta at 801-355-1272, sending an email, or registering online at  The cost of $10 per person includes lunch.  For the official invite click here.


The Utah Prosperity Forum is a collaborative project of the Salt Lake Chamber and Sutherland Institute, developed to facilitate constructive and civil dialogue about complex and sometimes controversial issues pertaining to Utah’s economy.



Utah high school students have just nine more days to apply for one of five $1,000 scholarships by participating in the Transparency Scholarship Essay contest.  Entries must be postmarked no later than October 31, 2009.  High school students (grades 9 – 12) may enter the contest by submitting an essay on how to use information available on the new state website,, to improve Utah’s schools.


Students are encouraged to describe their experience using the website and how they believe the information on that website can lead to improving education.  Students are also encouraged to include facts found on and how those facts have impacted or are currently impacting their education.


In an effort to encourage Utahns to use the new website and to promote responsible citizenship, Sutherland Institute will award five scholarships to the authors of the best essays.


For more information on the Transparency Scholarship Essay Contest, click



Sutherland Institute will host its first Movie Night on Friday, November 6, at 7:00 pm with a no-charge screening of the film, Not Evil Just Wrong.  The documentary premiered worldwide on Sunday, October 18, 2009, as more than 400,000 viewers participated in the largest simultaneous film-premiere party in U.S. history.


Produced and directed by filmmakers Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer – who were guest presenters at Sutherland’s Earth Week 2008 event – the documentary challenges former Vice President Al Gore’s Oscar-winning film An Inconvenient Truth.  With a focus on the nine “significant errors” in Gore’s movie, as found by the British High Court in 2007, this new film is already attracting attention.


Washington Post columnist John Fund said, “[The] Irish documentary filmmakers have stirred up trouble before by debunking smug liberal hypocrisy.  Their latest film takes on the hysteria over global warming and warns that rushing to judgment in combating climate change would threaten the world’s poor.  The film reminds us that environmentalists have been wrong in the past…”  Admission to Sutherland’s Movie Night is free, but an RSVP is required.  Those wishing to attend may contact Dave Kimball at 801-355-1272 or visit and click the “Movie Night” button on the right side of the page.


Appropriate dress for the evening is casual.  So get comfortable and bring a date to watch Not Evil Just Wrong on Friday, November 6 at the Sutherland Institute in the Crane Building, 307 West 200 South, Suite 5005 in downtown Salt Lake City.  Free parking is available adjacent the building.