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Fundamental reform must precede increases in generally applicable taxes

Some Utah policymakers are proposing legislation this year that would increase generally applicable taxes on income and gasoline. Not surprisingly, these proposals have drawn the attention of the media and Utah pollsters, who have found that Utahns oppose raising income … Continue reading

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Sutherland Institute supports Health Reform Task Force recommendations

Sutherland Institute today released the following statement regarding the legislative Health Reform Task Force’s actions regarding Medicaid expansion: Sutherland Institute supports the decision of the Health Reform Task Force to recommend an approach to Medicaid expansion that focuses on the … Continue reading

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‘Cromnibus’ and the emergent courtier society

Holiday feasts always remind me of that old Twilight Zone episode where aliens with sparkly robes, big eyes and knowing smiles show up with a book called “To Serve Man.” Everyone naturally assumes the book is a primer for saving us … Continue reading

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Is Healthy Utah a good idea? More information changes people’s minds – Sutherland Soapbox, 9/16/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. Sutherland Institute commissioned a poll by Magellan Strategies that was released yesterday about Utah voters’ support for Medicaid expansion in its various forms, … Continue reading

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Utah, where careful planning makes the sun shine

This report by the State Data Lab, a project of the nonpartisan Truth in Accounting, finds that Utah is one of only nine “sunshine states” – meaning the state governments have enough financial assets to cover their financial liabilities (debt). … Continue reading

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

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 a … Continue reading

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Weakening the ‘old habits of decency’

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 past, … 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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The lowdown on Social Security

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 when … 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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Infographic: Utah ranks favorably in tax and spending growth

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 is … Continue reading

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Why Utah should celebrate being 51st

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 live. … Continue reading

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Cast a skeptical eye on Medicaid economic impact predictions

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 that … Continue reading

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Thousands to lose existing insurance if Medicaid expands

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, financially, … Continue reading

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