Tag Archives: government spending

Filing taxes? Utah’s burden is 2nd highest among Mountain States

Tweet This time of year, most Utahns’ minds turn toward thoughts of … their state and federal income taxes. During the joyful process of filing a tax return, it is natural (and healthy for the sake of freedom) to be … Continue reading

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Weakening the ‘old habits of decency’

Tweet A wonderfully stated warning regarding the effect of government largesse: A sentimental utilitarianism argued that prosperity would abolish sin. It was a shallow argument, ignorant of history; for had it been true, all rich men’s sons, these many centuries … Continue reading

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

Tweet 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, … Continue reading

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‘I hate you Washington,’ Americans beg

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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The lowdown on Social Security

Tweet Many politicians talk of a Social Security trust fund, some even calling it a “lockbox.” This evokes images of a giant vault full of money stacked to the ceiling, or perhaps a huge savings account holding onto cash for … Continue reading

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Loss of federal funds might uncover a silver lining

Tweet 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 … 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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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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Cast a skeptical eye on Medicaid economic impact predictions

Tweet This is the third of three blog posts discussing the findings of a recent state-funded report on the impacts of Utah’s pending decision on Medicaid expansion. See the other two posts here and here. A recent state-funded analysis projected … Continue reading

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Thousands to lose existing insurance if Medicaid expands

Tweet This is the second of three blog posts discussing the findings of a recent state-funded report on the impacts of Utah’s pending decision on Medicaid expansion. See the first post here. Some Medicaid expansion advocates in Utah believe that, … Continue reading

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Massive regulatory costs hamper the current ‘recovery’

Tweet This chart is worth a thousand words: The regulatory costs of the first terms of President Clinton (1993-1996) and President George W. Bush (2001-2004) also occurred during economic recoveries, after recessions in 1991 and 2001, respectively. And, perhaps not … 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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Budget deal? It’s just more spending

Tweet In these weekly commentaries I try to stay pretty even-keeled but the whole “fiscal cliff” mess has driven me over the edge. The nation – the American people – are $16 trillion in debt – $16 trillion with no … Continue reading

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Utah’s reliance on federal spending makes the cliff’s edge painful

Tweet As Washington, D.C., moves ever closer toward taking us off the so-called fiscal cliff (which politicians in Washington created for us in the first place), it is worth looking at what the effect on Utahns will be. The projected … Continue reading

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Map: How much Utah and other states rely on federal funds

Tweet As we move closer toward the so-called fiscal cliff, the Tax Foundation has put out a map of the United States with estimates of how much each state relies on funds from the federal government. The measure is federal … Continue reading

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