Entries by Derek Monson

State school board selection: The ‘partisan elections are unconstitutional’ argument

After federal Judge Clark Waddoups’s recent ruling that Utah’s current state board election system is unconstitutional, a new argument from advocates of nonpartisan state school board elections has begun to make the rounds: that partisan state school board elections are barred by the Utah Constitution. While this argument represents a novel reading of the state […]

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, including Governor Gary Herbert’s preferred “Healthy Utah” form of expansion. The question we aimed to […]

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 economic and budget struggles poverty creates, we have an “obligation to help the vulnerable,” to […]

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 Sutherland Institute as part of National Employee Freedom Week (NEFW). NEFW is a grassroots campaign […]

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 proposed liberal policies regarding things like abortion and employee pay. Well, whatever you may think […]

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 for the right reasons. It seeks to help uninsured individuals acquire private health insurance (the […]

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 something less than accurate. As summarized in an informative Politico story on the issue, “as […]

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 the most recent recession. As reported, the reasons given for the stagnant economy include “an […]