Entries by Stan Rasmussen

An open letter to Utah legislators

March 20, 2015 Dear members of the Utah Senate and House of Representatives, Thank you for your service in the recently concluded legislative session. As we reflect on the important policy decisions you made this year, we wish to acknowledge – without regard to your philosophy or political party – the significant sacrifice it required […]

Major health care reform bills to be heard in committee Wednesday

On Tuesday, two significant health care reform bills came out of the House Rules Committee. •        SB 164 (1st Subst.) – Access to Health Care Amendments, sponsored by Sen. Brian Shiozawa, is Governor Herbert’s proposed “Healthy Utah” plan. •        HB 446 – Extension of Primary Care Network and Medicaid Benefits Under Existing 70/30 Federal/State Cost […]

Senator Mike Lee’s focus on ‘putting families first’ — Sutherland Soapbox, 2/24/15

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. The podcast can be found at the bottom of this post. Much has been said over the past several weeks about the number of significant leadership positions now occupied by Utah’s elected representatives in the nation’s capital and […]

Testimony on SB 153 (Access to Health Care)

Testimony presented by Stan Rasmussen, Sutherland Institute director of public affairs, on Feb. 17, 2015, before the Senate Health and Human Services Standing Committee regarding SB 153 (Access to Health Care):  Thank you, Mr. Chair, and good morning, Senators. Stan Rasmussen representing Sutherland Institute. We think SB 153 represents a wise approach that balances meeting the […]

2015 Legislature: Testimony supporting partisan elections for state school board (SB 104)

Testimony given by Stan Rasmussen Tuesday, Feb. 3, before the Senate Government Operations and Political Subdivisions Standing Committee regarding Education Elections and Reporting Amendments (SB 104): Sutherland supports SB 104 because it would replace the current incoherent, convoluted and complex state school board election system with one that produces clarity, transparency and accountability for voters […]