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.

Positive signs for Orem taxpayers after 8-hour tax hearing

Tweet After an eight-hour Truth in Taxation Hearing, the Orem City Council voted 4-3 at 1:45 this morning to approve a 25 percent property tax increase for the Orem portion of the property tax bill, instead of the proposed 50 … Continue reading

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Liberal economic policies are killing jobs (part 2)

Tweet As a follow-up to a previous blog post about how liberal public policies on a federal level are contributing to the pitiful number of job opportunities for low- and middle-income families since the end of the recession in 2009, … Continue reading

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Union pensions: the next government bailout?

Tweet A recent Weekly Standard (WS) article chronicles a coming financial and economic crisis in union pension plans with gloomy implications for Utah’s (and the nation’s) economy. In short, the article describes a scenario in which these plans may become … Continue reading

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Energy and conservative environmentalism

Tweet How we think about the environment and human beings’ place in it can dramatically impact people’s lives through public policy. This becomes evident when it comes to energy development and regulation. Radical environmental thinking – which values the existence … Continue reading

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Running into a pileup of vehicle fees

Tweet   Welcome to the wonderful world of vehicle titling and registration. I recently had the pleasure of running this perilous gantlet when I bought an old grocery-getter of a car, and my wallet is $263 lighter as a consequence. … Continue reading

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Americans’ fear of big government grows

Tweet   The Occupy Wall Street (OWS) crowd claims to represent 99 percent of Americans in “fighting back against the corrosive power of major banks and multinational corporations.” It turns out that Americans are far less concerned about big business … Continue reading

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If you give an occupier a cookie

Tweet   Growing up one of my favorite stories to read was “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.” The book’s simple illustrations and the ingenuity the young boy used to accommodate the insatiable mouse made it a fun and … Continue reading

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$21 Million for Rec Center? Springville Voters to Decide

Tweet   Springville residents will soon vote on whether to approve a $21 million tax-funded bond to build a public recreation center. What impact would this bond and rec center have on Springville taxpayers, businesses and families? Watch this video … Continue reading

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Untangling the politics of hair braiding

Tweet   Hair braiding. Why would the state Legislature spend even a minute worrying about hair braiding? Representative Holly Richardson is wondering the same thing. As it stands, hair braiding is regulated by state government. It seems that it’s an … Continue reading

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Limited government = more jobs, higher incomes, better services

Tweet   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? … Continue reading

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Utah’s fuel act: Helping gas stations at your expense?

Tweet   Many people – citizens and lawmakers – would think it ridiculous for government to prohibit R.C. Willey from giving away hot dogs and soda Saturday mornings as an enticement for passers-by to look at furniture. They might also … Continue reading

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A herd of timid and industrious animals

Tweet   Nearly two centuries ago, French historian and political philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville described a potential future state that is a strikingly accurate description of our current era: I would like to imagine with what new traits despotism could … Continue reading

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A license for hair braiding?

Tweet   Should Utahns have to obtain a state license to do landscape architecture, paint nails or braid hair? The state currently requires professionals in these fields, and many others, to obtain a license to work here legally. Some state … Continue reading

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City regulations cut into homeowners’ options

Tweet   My husband and I had windows replaced in our basement the other day – all but two windows. Why leave them out? Because, according to the window-replacement company, if you replace basement windows – no matter the age … Continue reading

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Next taxpayer-subsidized hotel: Salt Lake City?

Tweet   The hotel industry has been attracting many cities in Utah lately. West Valley City has already decided to loan $30 million to a private developer to build a hotel; Holladay wants Salt Lake County to loan it $450,000 … Continue reading

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