Category Archives: Limited Government

Self-Government in Utah

“A wise and frugal government which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.” – Thomas Jefferson

Jefferson’s quote encapsulates Sutherland Institute’s philosophy about government. The government that governs least is the government that governs best. A limited government promotes freedom and encourages innovations. Economic growth arrives when government gets out of the way and allows the free market to flourish. The founding fathers were right; self-government is the best policy.

Although Utah ranks favorably in tax and spending growth, there are still areas where we can reduce regulation and encourage personal freedom.

Sutherland Institute is dedicated to promoting the virtues of self-government. Come back to this page to learn about the latest political news and analysis.

Legislature supports public-lands transfer with ‘what next’ bills

Tweet The Utah Legislature adjourned this month with a nice package of bills to support the state’s Transfer of Public Lands (TPLA) initiative. Since they’ve already passed a bill demanding transfer, the next step is to address what happens to … Continue reading

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What time is it? Caucus time!

Tweet Party caucuses are tonight and Thursday, so here’s your chance to have a voice in Utah’s political process! Click here for a giant infographic explaining how Utah’s caucus system works. Click here to learn what delegates are and how … Continue reading

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Cash for Clunkers: Why it was a flop

Tweet Cash for Clunkers may be the poster child for how it seems to be bad news anytime everyone in Washington, D.C., agrees on something. It was proposed in the midst of the flurry of stimulus programs during 2009, and … Continue reading

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A bitter harvest for Obama voters

Tweet Stephen Moore, a member of The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board, recently wrote an article highlighting a troubling irony: Those who most ardently supported President Obama have suffered the most during his presidency. Young voters, single women, those with … Continue reading

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The consent of the governed (or, who’s in charge and why)

Tweet Where do governments get their power? The consent of the governed, according to Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson used the Declaration of Independence to make the case to the world that the British government was tyrannical, listing the grievances which proved … Continue reading

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Infographic: Utah ranks favorably in tax and spending growth

Tweet Utah has rightly been recognized as one of the best managed states in the nation, primarily due to its conservative approach to fiscal policy. Two recently published infographics from the Tax Foundation highlight what this looks like. The first … Continue reading

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

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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Why Utah should celebrate being 51st

Tweet When you read the term “economic security,” what do you think of? The likelihood that you’ll be able to find and keep good employment that will provide for your family? If so, then Utah is a great state to … Continue reading

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Paradoxically, cult of privacy led us to NSA problems

Tweet The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. Are you concerned about the National Security Agency gathering blanket data through cell phone companies and Internet activity? Everyone should be … Continue reading

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Obama’s big-government culture breeds scandals

Tweet Listen to the audio here: The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. The Obama administration has had a rough couple of weeks. CBS News headline: “Top Obama officials … Continue reading

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Large sodas, liquor and a free society

Tweet The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations: If you’ve ever searched for an infamous example of government overreaching its proper bounds, you need look no further than the … Continue reading

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What the Republican Party needs to champion

Tweet The following post is a transcript of a weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations: There is growing angst in Republican circles over the direction the Republican Party ought to take. While I am not a Republican … Continue reading

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Obama’s utopia

Tweet The following post is a transcript of a weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations: With the second inauguration of President Barack Obama, his speech was impressive – even Reaganesque. He began by citing the Declaration of … Continue reading

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Herbert: ‘From adversity comes strength, from strength comes success’

Tweet Last week Governor Gary R. Herbert was inaugurated to his first full term as Utah’s chief executive, having first accepted the role in 2009 when then-Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. was appointed ambassador to China. Conducted in the rotunda of … Continue reading

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Utah government entities catalogue how they compete with the private sector

Tweet During yesterday’s interim meetings, the Legislature’s Political Subdivisions Interim Committee heard reports from representatives of higher education, K-12 public schools, counties, cities, and others about activities they participate in that potentially compete with the private sector and how they … Continue reading

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