Category Archives: Economic Development

Don’t take my PILT down, man

Tweet There’s nothing wrong with PILT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) that getting rid of the need for PILT won’t fix. But so long as there’s a “in Lieu of Taxes,” getting rid of “Payments” would be fundamentally unfair and … Continue reading

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Of bacon and bad policy

Tweet Why do our fearless leaders in Washington continually claim that middle class jobs are their top priority while incessantly inflicting job-killing policies on us? I don’t think it’s an accident or an evil plot (well, not always anyway), but … Continue reading

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The young and the liberal

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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The Sundance tempest

Tweet Last week my Sutherland colleague Derek Monson wrote about the Sundance Film Festival. To highlight the unbelievable truth that a whole bunch of your tax dollars go to a film festival in Park City, Derek mentioned a few of … Continue reading

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State of Utah should end ‘complex relationship’ with Sundance

Tweet For past Sutherland commentary on the positive, family-friendly content produced by Sundance, click here. For past Sutherland commentary on questionable content and activities associated with Sundance, click here. What would you call a film festival airing movies that explore … Continue reading

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In context, liberal economic policies are still killing jobs

Tweet When considering what the dismal economic facts and realities of today mean for liberal economic policies and liberal thinking in general, one criticism I have encountered is a lack of consideration of the economic context in which those policies … Continue reading

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Big government, big business are 2 sides of the same coin

Tweet Conservatives are often accused of being the friend of Big Business because of their support of free markets. The irony of this argument, however, is that in reality it is Big Government – the child of most liberal policies … Continue reading

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Economic gardening arrives in Utah

Tweet Economic gardening – an entrepreneur-centered approach to economic development – has arrived in Utah and could lead to hundreds or thousands of new home-grown jobs. The National Center for Economic Gardening (NCEG), an affiliate of the Edward Lowe Foundation, … Continue reading

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S.L. has enough room for a convention, but not enough cabs? Hmm …

Tweet In a recent KSL article about the Outdoor Retailer show possibly relocating outside Salt Lake, the head of Visit Salt Lake said the following: Salt Lake has enough hotel rooms and convention floor space, but Outdoor Retailer wants 900 … Continue reading

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Pew: Utah is ‘trailing’ in evaluating tax incentives

Tweet Utah is fortunate that Governor Gary Herbert and the Legislature have made significant efforts to improve Utah’s economy and lessen government’s involvement in the free market. We hope they will continue these commendable efforts by closing a gap in … Continue reading

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Public subsidy for a convention hotel in S.L.?

Tweet Salt Lake City is considering subsidizing a convention hotel in an attempt to lure more conventions to the city. According to Bob Farrington, the city’s economic development director, the subsidy is necessary because the market isn’t working efficiently or … Continue reading

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Going upscale in downtown S.L.

Tweet Five years ago backhoes started ripping two old, not-so-upscale malls and surrounding buildings in downtown Salt Lake City into rubble. Now, after an immense amount of construction, the new City Creek Center is open. City Creek is remarkable not … Continue reading

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Economic gardening could sprout with help from new task force

Tweet Governor Gary Herbert has signed HB 28, a bill that will form an Economic Development Task Force to find ways to improve Utah’s economy. Economic gardening is one topic that the new task force may address. Watch this video … Continue reading

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Video: Sandy favors Scheels with $16.8 million tax deal

Tweet In January, we wrote about a special 25-year tax deal that Sandy has offered to Scheels, a sporting goods store. Watch this video report to hear what representatives from Sandy, Sutherland Institute, and a local business competitor had to … Continue reading

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Video: Behind Costco’s Spanish Fork deal

Tweet   What if your next-door neighbor were able to pay zero sales taxes for 18 months ($2,000 for the average Utahn) and zero utility bills for four years – and you had to subsidize this arrangement? As we reported … Continue reading

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