Author Archives: Derek Monson

Data still support skepticism of climate change models

For years, Sutherland Institute has encouraged policymakers to maintain a healthy skepticism – a scientific skepticism, even – of theoretical climate projections based on man-made climate models. This skepticism is warranted based on the fact that actual, observed data (especially … Continue reading

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The Constitutional duty to defend the law … until you decide not to

Imagine a world where abandoning your oath to defend the laws of the land, in order to forward your own ideological beliefs, is rewarded by those who are supposed to protect the rule of law. You have now entered the … Continue reading

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What does the Obamacare delay mean?

In recent weeks and months, many businesses and school districts both inside and outside Utah began cutting employee hours in order to avoid paying fines that Obamacare would require for businesses with more than 50 employees that do not offer … Continue reading

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Cast a skeptical eye on Medicaid economic impact predictions

This is the third of three blog posts discussing the findings of a recent state-funded report on the impacts of Utah’s pending decision on Medicaid expansion. See the other two posts here and here. A recent state-funded analysis projected that … Continue reading

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Thousands to lose existing insurance if Medicaid expands

This is the second of three blog posts discussing the findings of a recent state-funded report on the impacts of Utah’s pending decision on Medicaid expansion. See the first post here. Some Medicaid expansion advocates in Utah believe that, financially, … Continue reading

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Expanding Medicaid in Utah will cost taxpayers millions

This is the first of three blog posts discussing the findings of a recent state-funded report on the impacts of Utah’s pending decision on Medicaid expansion. Some advocates for expanding Medicaid in Utah have recently opined that “there is no … Continue reading

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Utah ranks 34th in amount of state debt per capita

According to an analysis of data by the Tax Foundation, Utah has the 34th highest amount of state debt per capita at $2,577. Compared with our Mountain West neighbors, we fare better than Montana ($4,290), New Mexico ($3,914), and Colorado … Continue reading

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Liquor ‘bait-and-switch’ could happen in Utah, too

Chain restaurants – including three that operate in Utah – have been charged with liquor fraud in New Jersey. Examples of fraud ranged from filling premium-brand bottles with cheap alcohol and selling it at premium prices, to pouring dirty water … Continue reading

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How digital learning can save a student’s education

Do you want a plan to give second chances to children who struggle to learn? To empower children struck by tragedy (e.g., a major injury or illness) to continue their education? To provide advanced learners the chance to reach new … Continue reading

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Massive regulatory costs hamper the current ‘recovery’

This chart is worth a thousand words: The regulatory costs of the first terms of President Clinton (1993-1996) and President George W. Bush (2001-2004) also occurred during economic recoveries, after recessions in 1991 and 2001, respectively. And, perhaps not coincidentally, … Continue reading

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Take a look at the taxman’s tax map: How does Utah compare?

How do Utah’s income tax rates compare to those in neighboring states, or states in other regions? Is Utah’s sales tax burden higher than other states’? What kind of tax (sales, income, property, etc.) does Utah government rely on the … Continue reading

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The young and the liberal

The 2012 presidential election campaign was framed as a choice between a former governor who knows how to get the economy producing good jobs (the Romney line) but is unacceptable in character and experience (the Obama line), and a sitting … Continue reading

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Utah showing how digital learning can make public schools more cost-effective

As noted in a recent news story in The Salt Lake Tribune, Utah has begun a move away from traditional textbooks to digital textbooks (aka e-books) that is “gaining speed.” These e-books are “cheaper, more up to date and interactive,” … Continue reading

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National liberal fiscal insanity, or why Utah needs a spending amendment

As noted on The Weekly Standard blog, the acting director of President Obama’s Office of Management and Budget wrote an op-ed published across the country, as well as put up on the White House blog, claiming that “the President’s Budget … Continue reading

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Selling our national soul for 30 pieces of silver

The United States Senate recently voted overwhelmingly to proceed with debate on the so-called Marketplace Fairness Act, and scheduled a final vote for May 6. This law, if passed, would authorize states to require Internet-based companies without a physical presence … Continue reading

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