Author Archives: Derek Monson

Testimony on SB 251 (Amendments to Medicaid and Health Care)

Testimony presented by Derek Monson, director of public policy, Sutherland Institute, on Feb. 27 before the Utah Senate Health and Human Services Committee regarding SB 251 – Amendments to Medicaid and Health Care: Thank you Mr. Chair and members of … Continue reading

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Sutherland’s position statement on Medicaid expansion

Sutherland Institute understands the perspective of those calling for Utah to follow Obamacare’s vision of Medicaid expansion. The argument sounds reasonable: Since Utahns are paying tax dollars to Washington, D.C., under Obamacare, then why shouldn’t Utah take every Medicaid expansion … Continue reading

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Playing chicken with farmers’ livelihoods

The Salt Lake Tribune recently ran a story about how federal meat processing regulations recently stopped a local natural-chicken farming operation from processing the chickens of other small chicken farming operations, leaving no way for these latter farms to get … Continue reading

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Testimony on HB 338 (Alcohol Beverage License Amendments)

Testimony presented by Derek Monson, director of public policy, Sutherland Institute, on Feb. 14 before the House Revenue and Taxation Standing Committee of the Utah Legislature regarding HB 338 – Alcohol Beverage License Amendments: Thank you Mr. Chair and members … Continue reading

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Why would schools kick digital learners off campus?

A high school sophomore told the Senate Education Standing Committee recently that she was able to testify to them (in the middle of a school day) in support of requiring parental notification about the Statewide Online Education Program (SOEP) because … Continue reading

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Testimony regarding HB 311 (Budgeting Amendments) and HJR 11 (Budget Responsibilities)

Testimony presented by Derek Monson, director of policy, Sutherland Institute, before the House Revenue and Taxation Standing Committee regarding HB 311 – Budgeting Amendments and HJR 11 – Joint Rules Resolution on Executive Appropriations Committee Budget Responsibilities: Thank you, Mr. … Continue reading

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City Weekly’s querulous ‘fact-check’ article is short on fact-checking

In response to a news release, with accompanying videos, from the LDS Church on Utah’s alcohol control policies, City Weekly published an article claiming to “fact check” the church statement. Reading through the article, the odd thing about it is … Continue reading

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Cuomo’s intolerant remark emblematic of ‘progressive tolerance’

Last weekend, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo made some comments regarding those whom he disagrees with politically and philosophically, which have gotten him in trouble. Specifically, he said (taken from an open letter written by the governor’s office):  You have … Continue reading

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Lawyers and the integrity of Lincoln

I am currently reading a biography of Abraham Lincoln by Henry Ketcham, titled The Life of Abraham Lincoln. This book (fortunately part of the public domain) goes into some detail to illustrate the integrity and honesty of the 16th president … Continue reading

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Will digital learning save U. students hundreds on textbooks?

According to a recent Salt Lake Tribune article, a student leadership group at the University of Utah is looking into using “open-source textbooks,” which can be downloaded and used by students for free, as a possible way to save students … Continue reading

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Liberal fantasies and the promise of conservative common sense

A family devastated when a parent comes home with news that they’ve lost their job. Human dignity crushed under the weight of multi-year unemployment. Hope for a better financial future slowly drained away by a seemingly endless drought of good … Continue reading

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Collective bargaining means less-affordable services for taxpayers

Do you think paying 12 percent more for a house than you need to is a good idea? What about when it comes to services provided by state and local government employees? Economists at Miami (Ohio) University and Trinity University[i] … Continue reading

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Surprise! CO2 is projected to generate $9.8 trillion in benefits

Here are three important numbers for you: 140, 3.2, and 9.8. The first number is the number of billions of dollars ($140B) in benefit that carbon dioxide added to global crop production in 2011. The second is how many trillions … Continue reading

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Screaming ‘no’ to reform ignores facts, research on alcohol and driving

Editor’s note: The Salt Lake Tribune published a version of this op-ed here. We are reposting this so that interested readers can view the citations. Alcohol is a merciless killer. Every 53 minutes, alcohol-impaired driving kills someone on the roads … Continue reading

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‘Progressive’ policies still sapping the economy

I have documented on this blog a set of facts to argue that liberal public policies are undermining recovery of the economy, effectively depriving millions of people, especially low-income families, of gainful employment that would increase their income and improve … Continue reading

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