Author Archives: Derek Monson

Is Healthy Utah a good idea? More information changes people’s minds – Sutherland Soapbox, 9/16/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. Sutherland Institute commissioned a poll by Magellan Strategies that was released yesterday about Utah voters’ support for Medicaid expansion in its various forms, … Continue reading

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Conservative focus on helping vulnerable is long overdue – Conservatively Speaking, 9/2/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. For conservatives, poverty and eroding economic security for middle income families are not simply social problems, but moral problems as well. Beyond the … Continue reading

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Poll: 82% of Utahns support right to work

  Roughly 4 out of every 5 Utah adults support allowing union employees to leave their union without force or penalty, a concept generally referred to as right to work. That’s the finding of a new poll, released today by … Continue reading

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The war on (unborn) women

We’re constantly told by liberal politicians and media claiming to be “progressive” that conservative thinkers and policymakers are waging a “war on women.” As the argument is spun, the right’s “war on women” oppresses women’s quality of life by opposing … Continue reading

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Deseret News op-ed: Healthy Utah plan would hurt the most vulnerable Utahns

Good public policy requires three elements: doing the right things for the right reasons in the right ways. These elements are the difference between good policy and bad. The proposed Healthy Utah Plan does some of the right things and … Continue reading

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The next broken Obamacare promise

Remember the lie of “if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan”? Now, it seems, Obamacare’s “promise” of free preventive health care, such as checkups, screenings and immunizations, is also turning out to be … Continue reading

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Am I the only one skeptical of projections for 36 years from now?

You may have seen recent news coverage about a report projecting that Utah’s population will double by the year 2050. On the heels of this reporting, some voices have been calling for “smart growth” policies to preserve quality of life … Continue reading

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Economic forecast: optimism or doom and gloom?

The federal Commerce Department announced recently that growth of the U.S. economy was “near zero,” as reported by some media outlets. Growth was estimated at 0.1 percent, a pitiful rate that comes after several years of sluggish economic recovery from … Continue reading

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Could blended learning fend off tuition increases?

A recent Deseret News story reported that the Utah Board of Regents approved a statewide college tuition hike of four percent for the 2014-2015 school year, with increases up to 5.5 or 6 percent at the University of Utah, Utah … Continue reading

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Dueling perspectives on the minimum legal drinking age

Here’s the opinion-based conjecture perspective (provided by Camille Paglia and Time): A drinking age of 21 is responsible for … Making the U.S. like Third World countries The global drug trade Cruelty to young people College binge drinking Date rape … Continue reading

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Where your tax dollars are going … and what you’re (not) getting in return

A reminder of where your federal income tax dollars are going … and what you’re (not) getting in return.  Happy tax day. Graph courtesy of this Cato Institute policy report.

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Filing taxes? Utah’s burden is 2nd highest among Mountain States

This time of year, most Utahns’ minds turn toward thoughts of … their state and federal income taxes. During the joyful process of filing a tax return, it is natural (and healthy for the sake of freedom) to be a … Continue reading

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Unnecessary licensing restrictions raise cost of health care

Why do we have licensing laws that restrict who can treat patients as a doctor and perform medical procedures? Ostensibly, it is for the health and safety of people who need to visit the doctor (i.e. everyone). We don’t want … Continue reading

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Utah through a taxpayer’s eyes

According to a recent Salt Lake Tribune article: Utah residents pay the 14th lowest taxes in the nation, or the 10th lowest if adjusted for cost of living The average Utah taxpayer pays $6,069 in taxes (state and local) The … Continue reading

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Arkansas’ new Medicaid expansion is already seeing cost overruns

According to a recent analysis from the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA), the “private option” Medicaid expansion plan in Arkansas (giving premium subsidies to mostly able-bodied, childless adults to help them purchase private health insurance) has begun seeing cost overruns … Continue reading

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