Category Archives: Capitol Daily

Testimony on HB 96 (Utah School Readiness Initiative)

Testimony presented by Stan Rasmussen, director of public affairs, Sutherland Institute, before the House Education Standing Committee of the Utah Legislature on Feb. 6, 2014, regarding HB 96 – Utah School Readiness Initiative: Thank you, Mr. Vice Chair and good … Continue reading

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2013 Legislature: Testimony opposing antidiscrimination amendments (SB 262)

Testimony given by Paul Mero Thursday, March 7, before the Senate Economic Development and Workforce Services Committee regarding Employment and Housing Antidiscrimination Amendments (SB 262): Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for the opportunity to add a voice to this hearing. In … Continue reading

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2013 Legislature: Testimony in favor of reporting domestic violence statistics

Testimony given by Stan Rasmussen Monday, March 4, before the House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee in support of Rep. Lee Perry’s Domestic Violence Statistics Reporting (HB 361): Thanks, Mr. Chairman, and good morning, Representatives. We commend Representative Perry … Continue reading

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2013 Legislature: Testimony in favor of SCR 7 — reducing dependence on federal funds

Testimony given by Stan Rasmussen Friday in support of Sen. Aaron Osmond’s Concurrent Resolution to Reduce Utah’s Dependence on Federal Funds (SCR 7) before the Senate Government Operations Committee: Thank you, Madam Chair, and good morning, Senators. I am Stan … Continue reading

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2013 Legislature: Testimony in favor of SB 70 – commission relating to federal issues

Testimony given by Derek Monson Wednesday before the Senate Government Operations Committee in support of Sen. Deidre Henderson’s SB 70: Thank you, Mr. Chair. My name is Derek Monson and I represent Sutherland Institute.  We are here to testify in … Continue reading

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2013 Legislature: Testimony in favor of SB 53 — intergenerational welfare reform

Testimony given by Stan Rasmussen Tuesday in support of Sen. Stuart Reid’s Intergenerational Welfare Reform (SB 53, 2013) before the House Economic Development and Workforce Services Committee: Thank you, Mr. Vice Chair, and good afternoon, Madam Chair and Representatives. I … Continue reading

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2013 Legislature: Testimony in favor of education transparency bill

Testimony given by Derek Monson before the Senate Education Committee on Monday: Thank you, Mr. Chair. My name is Derek Monson and I am Director of Policy with Sutherland Institute. I am here to speak in favor of SB 128. In … Continue reading

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2013 Legislature: Lockhart and Niederhauser on Medicaid expansion

During the 2013 Sutherland Institute Legislative Policy Conference, House Speaker Rebecca Lockhart and Senate President Wayne Niederhauser shared their thoughts on whether they believe Utah should accept Medicaid expansion as part of Obamacare’s implementation. See video below: httpv://youtu.be/oLKaoz6-xVE They both … 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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Capitol Daily Video: Legislature approves 90 new liquor licenses

During its special session on Wednesday, the Utah Legislature approved 90 new liquor licenses. Watch this video report to learn more, including an interview with Sen. John Valentine (R-Orem): httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGB7nKmY3I0&feature=youtu.be Here’s the script of the video: 

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Capitol Daily Memo: DCFS working to provide more in-home services, send fewer kids to foster care

A few days ago, we highlighted an audit of the state’s Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) performed by Utah’s Office of the Legislative Auditor General. During today’s Judiciary Interim Committee meeting, DCFS reported on the progress it has … Continue reading

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Capitol Daily Memo: “backwater” – Utah public lands bill or “extreme” environmentalism?

Today, a legislative committee received an update on the state’s progress in implementing H.B. 148, a bill passed this year with the goal of giving Utah greater access to its public lands in order to maintain state autonomy and increase … Continue reading

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Capitol Daily Memo: tax deductions, exemptions and credits in Utah

Today, the Legislature’s Revenue and Taxation Interim Committee discussed the number and amount of deductions, exemptions and credits in Utah’s tax system (property taxes, income taxes and sales taxes). These policies impact the lives of Utahns and their families in … Continue reading

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Capitol Daily Memo: Common Core bills lead to exchange with Secretary of Education

SB 287 passed the Senate yesterday on a 50-23-2 vote and now heads to the governor for his signature. The bill would give Utah the ability to exit any agreement involving the state’s core curriculum for public schools for any … Continue reading

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Capitol Daily Video: Common Core and Utah schools

A bill that would give Utah the ability to exit any agreement regarding its core curriculum for public schools has cleared the House and the Senate. Watch this video report to learn more about SB 287: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiIDYIOLY-I

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