Category Archives: Budget

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 … Continue reading

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Pension madness

According to a just-released study by State Budget Solutions, Utahns are in hock to the tune of $16,350 apiece to the state employee pension system, for about $34 billion of unfunded liability. Just for context, that’s about five times the per capita taxes in the state. … Continue reading

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How states that take the federal bait end up on the hook – Sutherland Soapbox, 10/14/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. Last week, Sutherland Institute had the opportunity to meet with Tarren Bragdon while he was in Utah’s capital. Tarren is CEO of the … Continue reading

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Video: The risks of Medicaid expansion and Healthy Utah

What is the significance of the numbers 1, 3 and 10 when it comes to Medicaid expansion? Watch this video to find out: In this interview, Tarren Bragdon, CEO of the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA), and Stan Rasmussen, director … Continue reading

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Utah, where careful planning makes the sun shine

This report by the State Data Lab, a project of the nonpartisan Truth in Accounting, finds that Utah is one of only nine “sunshine states” – meaning the state governments have enough financial assets to cover their financial liabilities (debt). … Continue reading

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Spending $24,696 per minute: The 2013-14 Utah State Budget

With the dawning of Utah’s new fiscal year, we’ve reset our state spending clock to show you, real time, how quickly the state spends our tax dollars. We understand governments have a legitimate and vital role to play in our … 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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Why Utah should expect ongoing drops in federal funding

With sequestration now in place, federal funding for low-income and special education students, national defense (read: Hill Air Force Base), and for local government programs and services will be decreasing, with impacts which have yet to materialize. The impacts may … Continue reading

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Budget deal? It’s just more spending

In these weekly commentaries I try to stay pretty even-keeled but the whole “fiscal cliff” mess has driven me over the edge. The nation – the American people – are $16 trillion in debt – $16 trillion with no hope … Continue reading

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Spending pledges vs. spending limits

As Congress begins to drive America off the fiscal cliff, the politics of taxes and spending will reach new levels of absurdity. Over 20 years ago a young upstart in Washington, D.C., Grover Norquist, began an anti-tax campaign calling on … Continue reading

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Interim Day: Grim impact of fed spending cuts on schoolchildren

At the Education Interim Committee on Capitol Hill this week, the committee heard a presentation about the potential impact of the pending federal sequestration policy on Utah’s public school and higher education systems. The sequestration policy would be enacted early … Continue reading

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State tax revenue update shows a “marginally” improving economy and outlook

The latest tax revenue estimates reported to the Legislature’s Revenue and Taxation Interim Committee today showed that general and education fund revenues (mostly sales & use tax and personal/corporate income taxes, respectively) for fiscal year 2011 came in $80 million … Continue reading

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Limited government = more jobs, higher incomes, better services

  Would you support an amendment to the Utah Constitution that means thousands more jobs for Utahns, lets Utah families keep more of their income, and ensures that important state government services are prepared for natural disasters or emergencies? An … Continue reading

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