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Support religious liberty: stand up to the ‘no compromise’ approach to nondiscrimination

Supporters of a “no compromise” approach to LGBT nondiscrimination argue that we already have sufficient protections for religious liberty. They cite the First Amendment and Utah’s majority-Mormon population to bolster their case. Unfortunately, their argument is undermined by the realities … Continue reading

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Nondiscrimination legislation requires balance, extreme care

News reports suggest there is still an ongoing debate about how to balance calls for changes to state discrimination laws (which would expand the reasons businesses and property owners could not deny housing or employment) with the need for robust … Continue reading

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Testimony on SB 153 (Access to Health Care)

Testimony presented by Stan Rasmussen, Sutherland Institute director of public affairs, on Feb. 17, 2015, before the Senate Health and Human Services Standing Committee regarding SB 153 (Access to Health Care):  Thank you, Mr. Chair, and good morning, Senators. Stan Rasmussen … Continue reading

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On Point video: Taxes and education in the Legislature — 2/12/15

  Watch as Utah GOP party officer Michelle Mumford and political consultant Michelle Scharf discuss the latest in Utah politics and the 2015 Legislature in this edition of On Point presented by Sutherland Institute. Click the image above to watch, … Continue reading

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Testimony on SB 164 (Medicaid expansion)

Testimony presented by Derek Monson, director of public policy, Sutherland Institute, on Feb. 11, 2015, before the Senate Health and Human Services Committee of the Utah Legislature regarding SB 164 (Access to Health Care Amendments): Thank you, Mr. Chair and members of … Continue reading

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Senator Hillyard has it right on raising the rainy-day fund cap

Last week, Senator Lyle Hillyard posted to The Senate Site that he and Representative Dean Sanpei would be sponsoring legislation to raise the limits on the general and education rainy-day funds (or budget reserves) which are currently at 8 percent … Continue reading

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On Point video: 2015 Legislature gets into its groove

Watch “Holly on the Hill” blogger Holly Richardson and Michelle Mumford, former assistant dean at BYU Law School, discuss the first week of the 2015 Legislature – including the topics of Medicaid expansion, gas tax, police-community relations, education funding, religious … Continue reading

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2015 Legislature: Testimony supporting partisan elections for state school board (SB 104)

Testimony given by Stan Rasmussen Tuesday, Feb. 3, before the Senate Government Operations and Political Subdivisions Standing Committee regarding Education Elections and Reporting Amendments (SB 104): Sutherland supports SB 104 because it would replace the current incoherent, convoluted and complex … Continue reading

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S.L. Tribune op-ed: No reason to rush a Utah anti-discrimination law

(Salt Lake Tribune) Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints last week made an informative, thoughtful statement about the need to take a balanced approach to the connected issues of protecting the employment and housing rights of … Continue reading

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Rebecca Lockhart – Sutherland Soapbox, 1/27/15

This post is an expanded transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. The podcast can be found at the bottom of this post. Much has been said over the last several days since the … Continue reading

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Why we cheer National School Choice Week

This week is National School Choice Week. School choice – the freedom of parents to move their child from a system of learning that is failing them to one that better meets their individual needs – has reaped many benefits … Continue reading

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Sutherland Institute endorses LDS Church’s principles on religious freedom and nondiscrimination

MEDIA RELEASE For Immediate Release: Jan. 27, 2015 Sutherland Institute welcomes the helpful comments from leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints this morning on religious liberty and nondiscrimination. We endorse the principles outlined in the press … Continue reading

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The (legislative) game is afoot

We’ve collected some great little tools to get you primed for this year’s legislative session: Here’s a quick video tour at the Capitol showing you where to find what. Learn how an idea becomes a law in this snappy little … Continue reading

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Medicaid expansion: The moral question — Sutherland Soapbox, 1/6/15

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. The podcast can be found at the bottom of this post. As things stand today, the 2015 Legislative Session is just three weeks … Continue reading

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Legislature has it right on budget approach

The Utah Legislature recently received updated budget projections that give policymakers hundreds of millions in new state taxpayer dollars to allocate. The governor’s office subsequently recommended a $14.3 billion budget, which reportedly encourages legislators to spend almost all of this … Continue reading

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