Category Archives: Government Spending

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 … Continue reading

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Our generous presidential pensions

U.S. presidents make a lot of money when they leave office, both in their private endeavors and in terms of government pension and expense reimbursements. Private wealth among presidents was never uncommon, but no post-presidency pension existed until 1958, when … Continue reading

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Twice as good, half as well, never enough

Is it more important to stand on principle, or get while the getting is good? Is settling for half a loaf selling out, or a step in the right direction? Does mixing metaphors like concrete weigh prose down, or liberate … Continue reading

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Testimony regarding HB 311 (Budgeting Amendments) and HJR 11 (Budget Responsibilities)

Testimony presented by Derek Monson, director of policy, Sutherland Institute, before the House Revenue and Taxation Standing Committee regarding HB 311 – Budgeting Amendments and HJR 11 – Joint Rules Resolution on Executive Appropriations Committee Budget Responsibilities: Thank you, Mr. … Continue reading

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‘I hate you Washington,’ Americans beg

Gallup conducts an annual poll asking people to “Please say whether you are very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied with our system of government and how well it works.” The percentage of people answering “very” or “somewhat” … Continue reading

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This one infographic illustrates America’s financial peril

Ricochet’s Jon Gabriel put together this infographic illustrating the extreme state of America’s finances, brought to you by a bipartisan coalition of fast-spending Republicans and Democrats:   A sobering infographic, to be sure, but it pales in comparison to this … Continue reading

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‘Progressive’ policies still sapping the economy

I have documented on this blog a set of facts to argue that liberal public policies are undermining recovery of the economy, effectively depriving millions of people, especially low-income families, of gainful employment that would increase their income and improve … Continue reading

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Study: Low levels of government debt is good economic policy

Suppose you have a financial crisis that devours a large part of your income, putting you and your family at risk. Would you rather have financial flexibility to respond to this situation, with low levels of credit card and personal … Continue reading

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This is why depending on D.C. is a bad idea

The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. If all the wailing and gnashing of teeth surrounding the partial government shutdown shows anything, it’s that we’ve become overly dependent on … Continue reading

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Loss of federal funds might uncover a silver lining

Last week I ran across a Salt Lake Tribune story telling how some local governments and water districts are feeling the pinch as their state funding, which is dependent on federal funding, begins to dry up. State and local dependence … Continue reading

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Detroit and the irony of liberal largesse

Last week, Detroit made history by becoming the largest American city to declare bankruptcy. How can a city go from being the richest per capita in 1960 to bankrupt and broken down in half a century? Many of you probably … 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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Utah ranks 34th in amount of state debt per capita

According to an analysis of data by the Tax Foundation, Utah has the 34th highest amount of state debt per capita at $2,577. Compared with our Mountain West neighbors, we fare better than Montana ($4,290), New Mexico ($3,914), and Colorado … Continue reading

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National liberal fiscal insanity, or why Utah needs a spending amendment

As noted on The Weekly Standard blog, the acting director of President Obama’s Office of Management and Budget wrote an op-ed published across the country, as well as put up on the White House blog, claiming that “the President’s Budget … Continue reading

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Special interests go to extremes against spending limits

The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations: For the last few years, Sutherland Institute has been working on proposed legislation that would use state constitutional powers to limit government … Continue reading

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