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Energy development boosts poor and middle class

Amid the agonizingly slow recovery from the last recession, policy-makers on both sides of the aisle have turned their focus to improving economic mobility for the poor and economic security for the middle class. So from the political left we … Continue reading

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Strong family culture and policy help drive Utah’s dynamic economy

Utah has heard a lot of praise lately for its economic performance, and rightly so. Utah has the nation’s 2nd lowest unemployment rate (3.6 percent), 2nd highest rate of job growth (3.5 percent or 44,700 new jobs), 3rd highest household … Continue reading

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Poll: 82% of Utahns support right to work

  Roughly 4 out of every 5 Utah adults support allowing union employees to leave their union without force or penalty, a concept generally referred to as right to work. That’s the finding of a new poll, released today by … Continue reading

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Hypnotized by the minimum wage – Mero Moment, 6/3/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. I got my first job when I was 15 years old loading groceries into cars at one of the nation’s first membership stores … Continue reading

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Minimum wage hike is a way to abdicate responsibility

Earlier this month I wrote a brief post explaining why raising the minimum wage is a dumb idea from an economic perspective and harms the very people it’s supposed to help. In a nutshell, setting an arbitrary minimum wage may … Continue reading

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The myth of the gender wage gap, part 2

Last summer, I wrote about a 2009 government-financed research report which provided evidence that the so-called “gender wage gap” – the idea that women get paid less than men because of baseless discrimination – is largely a myth. The body … Continue reading

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Lehi Roller Mills and bureaucracy

A great local business in northern Utah County, Lehi Roller Mills, has recently filed for bankruptcy protection. Hopefully the move will allow the company to get back on its feet and remain viable for the sake of the community, employees … Continue reading

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The myth of the gender wage gap

The modern feminist movement cares most about appearances, not realities. Let me endeavor to illustrate this to you. Last week, the U.S. Senate failed to pass a bill called the Paycheck Fairness Act, which was intended to help combat wage … Continue reading

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The ultimate reform for public employee unions: ditch them

In the wake of yesterday’s bigger-than-expected margin of victory for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in his recall election, we thought we’d highlight just what his reforms have accomplished so far and suggest the “ultimate” reform: end public employee unions by … Continue reading

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Public employee unions: a ‘50-year mistake’?

Recent events in Wisconsin have caused many people to consider what role, if any, public employee unions should play in negotiations over salaries and working conditions. Though on a smaller scale, events this week in Sandy and Salt Lake City … Continue reading

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