Entries by Derek Monson

Why we cheer National School Choice Week

This week is National School Choice Week. School choice – the freedom of parents to move their child from a system of learning that is failing them to one that better meets their individual needs – has reaped many benefits for children and families across the state and the nation. This is especially true for […]

Fundamental reform must precede increases in generally applicable taxes

Some Utah policymakers are proposing legislation this year that would increase generally applicable taxes on income and gasoline. Not surprisingly, these proposals have drawn the attention of the media and Utah pollsters, who have found that Utahns oppose raising income taxes for education. Utahns’ hesitancy regarding tax increases is well founded. Government has a history […]

School Trek: The Next Generation

For those who care about improving public education for Utah families and children, National Affairs recently published an intriguing essay about Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) titled “The Next Step in School Choice.” This essay, referencing Milton and Rose Friedman, captures well the realities of human nature, psychology and behavior that the public education system has […]

Legislature has it right on budget approach

The Utah Legislature recently received updated budget projections that give policymakers hundreds of millions in new state taxpayer dollars to allocate. The governor’s office subsequently recommended a $14.3 billion budget, which reportedly encourages legislators to spend almost all of this new revenue. With that as background, we can now expect special interests to begin lining […]

Encouraging steps in Utah criminal justice reform

Sutherland Institute is encouraged by the direction of the policy recommendations presented to two legislative interim committees yesterday, and to the governor last week, by the Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice. Overall, they represent a reasonable and, just as important, a moral perspective on criminal justice reform. As a whole, they point lawmakers […]

To ease income inequality, smooth the path for innovators — Sutherland Soapbox, 11/4/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations.   Today is Election Day, so I want to talk about an issue that is the driving electoral message of hundreds of political candidates nationwide. That issue is income inequality. Now the first thing to understand is that, […]