Entries by Derek Monson

Testimony in support of HB 239 (Juvenile Justice Amendments)

Testimony given by Derek Monson on Feb. 10, 2017, in support of HB 239 (Juvenile Justice Amendments) before the House Judiciary Committee of the Utah Legislature: Thank you, Mr. Chair and members of the committee. My name is Derek Monson and I represent Sutherland Institute. Sutherland Institute supports HB 239 because one of its major […]

Op-ed: A new economic dialogue can emerge from our fiery election season

Originally published in the Deseret News. After this bitter election season, America would do well to reflect on this ancient Chinese proverb: “Out of the hottest fire comes the strongest steel.” It is our low points that often create our greatest opportunities to move forward and become stronger. This is especially true in the area […]

Is global warming real? Experts pick sides

Financial website WalletHub posed the question – Is global warming real? – to a panel of leading experts in related fields. Derek Monson, Sutherland Institute’s director of public policy, was among the respondents. He wrote: According to the most reliable temperature data (i.e., satellites), the globe has exhibited some warming in recent decades. There is […]

Hyperbole surrounds 3 oil wells

This week, a news story came out about three potential oil wells – each of which would generate revenue for public schools – that are being planned on land near the proposed Bears Ears national monument. The story reported many fears about the oil wells from monument supporters. These fears highlight the need for a […]

Understanding immigration in the 2016 election

Remarks prepared and given by Derek Monson, director of public policy for Sutherland Institute, at a panel discussion Oct. 17, at the University of Utah, on “Making Sense of the 2016 Elections.” I. Introduction to Sutherland Vision First I want to say thank you to the organizers of this event for giving me the opportunity […]

Facebook fallout is an opportunity to affirm Utah’s free market principles

With Facebook’s decision to locate its data center in New Mexico – bringing an end to the Facebook tax-break sweepstakes – the reflection (and in some cases, finger pointing) among political and economic development stakeholders has begun. No one should be celebrating the fact that a company chose not to bring new jobs to Utah, […]

What best explains today’s politics?

Last week, American Enterprise Institute published several brief, thoughtful articles getting at this question, and both are worth a read. One article, authored by Washington Examiner columnist Timothy Carney, points out that “democracy and civic engagement” are driving politics on the left, and he recommends that the right pay attention. He writes: The average conservative […]

Wise words on religious freedom

Seeking “a cease-fire in the culture wars,” Elder Dallin H. Oaks, member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and former justice on the Utah Supreme Court, gave a speech late last week on “Religious Freedom in a Pluralistic Society.” His remarks at Claremont Graduate University […]