Author Archives: Dave Buer

Spending $24,696 per minute: The 2013-14 Utah State Budget

With the dawning of Utah’s new fiscal year, we’ve reset our state spending clock to show you, real time, how quickly the state spends our tax dollars. We understand governments have a legitimate and vital role to play in our … Continue reading

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Thomas Jefferson and John Adams: Founding Fathers pass together on the 50th Fourth of July

As the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence drew near, twilight was fast approaching for two living American icons. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were dying. Former presidents both, of course, but more than that, the two had been … Continue reading

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45% of union households in Utah would leave unions, if …

A new survey of 394 union households in Utah shows that 45 percent would leave their unions if they could do so without losing their jobs or receiving any other sort of penalty, while nationally 33.4 percent of union households … Continue reading

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Partisan elections would improve Utah’s state school board

Sutherland Institute is calling for a partisan election system – or a hybrid system with a significant partisan election component – for selecting state school board members. In a new paper released today, Sutherland proposes that the primary goal of … Continue reading

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Conservatism and freedom: Sen. Lee gets it

Utah Senator Mike Lee delivered a superb exposition on how conservatism, accurately interpreted and applied, offers the best hope of providing the maximum amount of freedom and highest quality of life for more citizens than any other alternative. Sen. Lee … Continue reading

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Why Utah should celebrate being 51st

When you read the term “economic security,” what do you think of? The likelihood that you’ll be able to find and keep good employment that will provide for your family? If so, then Utah is a great state to live. … Continue reading

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Obama’s big-government culture breeds scandals

Listen to the audio here: The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. The Obama administration has had a rough couple of weeks. CBS News headline: “Top Obama officials knew … Continue reading

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Robles, Osmond, Henderson, Valentine share highs, lows from 2013 Utah session

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCEXb22R85k&feature=youtu.be Watch our video to see what Utah State Sens. Luz Robles, Aaron Osmond, Deidre Henderson and John Valentine are most proud of from the 2013 Utah Legislative session. The legislators also tell us what they would like to continue … Continue reading

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Why marriage is so important to society

The Heritage Foundation has written an excellent post outlining why marriage matters. Here are the main points of the piece, written by Ryan T. Anderson, along with a few of my own thoughts:  “[M]arriage exists to bring a man and … Continue reading

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2013 Legislature video: Buzzing around the Capitol

Here’s a fun one-minute time lapse of what goes on inside and outside the Utah Senate and House Chambers during the session — set to Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Flight of the Bumblebee”! httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ztE41iGQWU&hd=1    

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Abortion essay shows breathtakingly honest brutality

National Review Online’s Katrina Trinko draws our attention to a Salon essay that is as revealing as it is breathtaking in its honest brutality. Trinko quotes the Salon article, written by Elizabeth Williams:  I believe that’s what a fetus is: … Continue reading

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2013 Legislature: Lockhart and Niederhauser on Medicaid expansion

During the 2013 Sutherland Institute Legislative Policy Conference, House Speaker Rebecca Lockhart and Senate President Wayne Niederhauser shared their thoughts on whether they believe Utah should accept Medicaid expansion as part of Obamacare’s implementation. See video below: httpv://youtu.be/oLKaoz6-xVE They both … Continue reading

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The lonely, dull life of the caricaturist

Have you met the caricaturist? You’ve probably met more than a few, and you might have even, like me, played the part at some point. He’s the one who views most everything around him, including himself, as a caricature. The … Continue reading

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Win an iPad: Utah Citizen Network launches!

A powerful new tool for lasting change is now at your fingertips as Sutherland Institute announces the beta launch of UtahCitizenNetwork.org. In two words, the Utah Citizen Network (UCN) is “Citizenship Simplified.” The UCN site is incredibly fun, informative and … Continue reading

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2013 Sutherland Institute Legislative Policy Conference

Join Utah’s decision-makers as they engage in robust dialogue about pressing issues facing the 2013 Utah State Legislature. Click the image below to register for the 2013 Sutherland Institute Legislative Policy Conference. Seating is very limited, so register today!

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