Sutherland Newsletter – January 21, 2010


We want to bring to your attention an opportunity for professionals to learn more about the Koch Associate Program, a great job opportunity in public policy.  Staff from the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation will be hosting live webinars on Wednesday, February 10th at both 3pm and 7pm EST that are open to the public and designed to help connect directly with professionals who are considering a career path working to advance liberty.


There are still great positions available for professionals with up to 10 years of relevant work experience.  Please take time to pass along the information below to anyone that might benefit from hearing in more detail about the Koch Associate Program.


Click here to learn more.



Sutherland Institute needs your help.  In an effort to assess our efforts and learn how we can increase our effectiveness, we invite you to participate in a short survey.  The ten questions should take no more than five minutes to complete.  We appreciate your willingness to participate.


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Sutherland Institute has called on the Utah State Legislature to make it easier for citizens to have their names removed from initiative petitions.


Sutherland Institute continues to support meaningful ethics reform.  As detailed in the Institute’s recently-published analysis of the Utahns for Ethical Government (UEG) proposal, however, the “independent ethics commission” and legislative ethics code proposed by UEG is definitely notthe way to undertake ethics reform.  It is, in fact, dangerous.


Compounding concerns is the fact that after actually reading the 21-page UEG initiative, many Utahns are finding the process of removing their names from the petition to be much more time-consuming and inconvenient than it was to sign it.  To address this issue, Sutherland Institute is requesting that members of the Senate and House implement legislation to simplify the manner by which citizens may have their names removed from an initiative petition, if they choose to do so.


Underscoring the problem of citizens signing without reading the petition is the experience of Catherine Johansen, a resident of northern Utah.


“I recently attended a town hall meeting where the (UEG) petition was displayed, taped down to the table, seemingly designed to discourage people from reading it,” she said.  “Knowing the content of the petition, because I have read it, I thought this tactic questionable if not unethical.  Even more disturbing to me were the many who were obligingly signing this petition without reading it, simply on the assurance from the people behind the tables that, ‘this is about an ethical legislature,’ which of course everyone is for, including me, but this seems like an unethical way to go about it.”


Sutherland Institute is of the opinion that a citizen who has read and discovered the perils included in the UEG initiative and subsequently wants to have his or her name removed should not have to endure a process which is much more difficult than the simple act of signing the petition.