Sutherland Newsletter – January 14, 2010


Sutherland Institute is seeking a Manager of Community Affairs who will serve as a member of the Institute’s development team.  The Manager of Community Affairs position is a new, full-time, mid-level position.


The Manager for Community Affairs will work to 1) broaden Sutherland’s influence throughout the state among responsible citizens; 2) develop an effective, statewide network of like-minded, reliable, and dedicated community leaders; 3) nurture and maintain this statewide network; 4) encourage citizens to attend Sutherland’s educational events including its Transcend Series and policy forums, and become otherwise involved; 5) communicate Sutherland’s legislative efforts with this network and, under the direction of Sutherland’s policy team, coordinate communication on key legislation; and 6) serve as primary liaison with this statewide network, regularly sharing Sutherland’s Governing Principles, strategic priorities, and its brand of conservatism.

Interested individuals should send their resume to



Every Tuesday afternoon, KVNU 610 AM, a radio station serving Cache Valley residents, airs the “Mero Moment,” written and recorded by Sutherland President Paul Mero.  Each week, Sutherland posts the text of the Mero Moment on its website.  The five-minute spots have covered a broad spectrum of topics.  This week’s message addressed the Utahns for Ethical Government (UEG) proposed ethics-reform initiative.


Mero discussed the proposed 21-page initiative, Sutherland’s analysis of the initiative, UEG’s tactics in obtaining signatures, a recent Forum hosted by Sutherland, and principles that should guide consideration of the initiative.


“The answer to real or perceived undue or disproportionate influence isn’t to limit the influence of a person who has a constitutional right of free speech, but to limit the opportunity for influence by reducing the size and scope of government,” Mero said.



In October 2009, a manufacturing company was offered (and accepted) $11.5 million in state incentives to remain in Utah and move from Midvale to Draper, plus an additional $3 million in concessions from the City of Draper.  Some of the money was going to be paid to the company as a lump sum, while the balance would take the form of tax credits.  The month prior, September 2009, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) approved $27.3 million to lure another company that had already accepted $20 million in state funds, bringing its grand total to $47.3 million in incentives.


According to an essay released today by Sutherland Institute, Outside the Box: Thoughts on Utah’s Corporate Incentive Program, Utah needs to adopt a new vision of economic development and end the practice of arbitrarily giving handouts to a few favored businesses.


Written by Dr. Allan Carlson, director of Sutherland Institute’s Center for Community and Economy and president of The Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society, the essay asserts that the state’s current incentive model is patently unfair and weakens the state’s economy.  Dr. Carlson maintains the incentive programs are unnecessary in Utah, where the most attractive factors to business exist in abundance, including the nation’s youngest workforce, the nation’s best educated workforce, the highest level of active religiosity, livable and affordable cities, and a valuable geographic location.  Further, that Utah’s incentive programs invite corruption and unethical practices.


To read the full essay, click here.