1.MERO: I’M A CONSERVATIVE BECAUSE I AM A LATTER-DAY SAINT
Sutherland Institute President Paul Mero addressed the University of Utah College Republicans on Wednesday, November 18, 2009, describing his view of the relationship between Mormonism and conservative intellectual thought.
Mero explained the strong connection between Christian religions, including Mormonism, and conservative thought. He said the commonality and complementarity between Mormonism and conservatism rests squarely on acceptance of an established moral order.
Click here to read the full speech.
2.SUTHERLAND PRESENTS 2010 STATE BUDGET RECOMMENDATION
As state lawmakers prepare for the legislative session in January, they are being bombarded with advice about dealing with a world of smaller budgets. Sutherland Institute has prepared a list of 10 suggestions for legislators to consider in an effort to help alleviate some of the current budget situation, and place the state on a more firm policy foundation going forward.
The recommendations include the following:
1. Do NOT raise taxes … Period
2. Tap into reasonable amounts of “rainy-day” funds and use all education set-aside funds
3. Place a moratorium on any new tax incentives to businesses
4. Close the office of tourism
5. Cut off contributions to 401(k) accounts of re-employed retirees
6. Prorate health premiums for part-time employees
7. Require state employees to pay for a higher proportion of their health premiums as their salary increases
8. Decrease funding for the Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR)
9. Temporarily decrease the state’s contribution toward local road maintenance
10. Require state agencies to prioritize their various programs and functions into a handful of broad categories to assist with further budget cuts.
Click here to read the full report.
3.SUTHERLAND PROPOSES ETHICS-REFORM MECHANISM
On November 18, 2009, Sutherland’s Stan Rasmussen, manager of public affairs, encouraged the Ethics Interim Committee to include an “Office of Advice and Education” in legislation the Committee will propose to the full Legislature in January. If adopted, the proposal would create the means by which legislators could proactively seek counsel on prospective decisions or actions that may fall within the purview of legislative ethics, and then receive a response.
To read the full transcript of Sutherland’s recommendation, click here.