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Unnecessary licensing restrictions raise cost of health care

Tweet Why do we have licensing laws that restrict who can treat patients as a doctor and perform medical procedures? Ostensibly, it is for the health and safety of people who need to visit the doctor (i.e. everyone). We don’t … Continue reading

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Legislature supports public-lands transfer with ‘what next’ bills

Tweet The Utah Legislature adjourned this month with a nice package of bills to support the state’s Transfer of Public Lands (TPLA) initiative. Since they’ve already passed a bill demanding transfer, the next step is to address what happens to … Continue reading

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On Point at the Capitol: advice from women in politics, 3/14/14

Tweet In this episode of On Point, “Holly on the Hill” blogger Holly Richardson interviews several Democratic and Republican state legislators about the highs and lows of the 2014 session and finds out how they got started in politics. The … Continue reading

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Using public policy to cover a multitude of sins

Tweet This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. Sutherland Institute recently released a statement in support of the state Legislature’s refusal to expand Medicaid under Obamacare and how it’s choosing … Continue reading

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Sutherland’s position statement on Medicaid expansion

Tweet Sutherland Institute understands the perspective of those calling for Utah to follow Obamacare’s vision of Medicaid expansion. The argument sounds reasonable: Since Utahns are paying tax dollars to Washington, D.C., under Obamacare, then why shouldn’t Utah take every Medicaid … Continue reading

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Here’s how Utah can really level the educational playing field

Tweet This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. Ten years ago, Sutherland Institute published a powerful analysis of public education in Utah called Saving Education and Ourselves: The Moral Case … Continue reading

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Testimony on HB 338 (Alcohol Beverage License Amendments)

Tweet Testimony presented by Derek Monson, director of public policy, Sutherland Institute, on Feb. 14 before the House Revenue and Taxation Standing Committee of the Utah Legislature regarding HB 338 – Alcohol Beverage License Amendments: Thank you Mr. Chair and … Continue reading

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Why Medicaid expansion will hurt Utah’s most vulnerable

Tweet A new analysis by Jonathan Ingram of the Foundation for Government Accountability and Derek Monson of Sutherland Institute explains why Utah should opt out of Medicaid expansion: Utah’s Medicaid expansion plans put the state’s truly needy citizens at great … Continue reading

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Testimony on SB 171 (Student-Centered Learning Pilot Program)

Tweet Testimony presented Feb. 12 by Stan Rasmussen, director of public affairs, Sutherland Institute, before the Senate Education Standing Committee of the Utah Legislature regarding SB 171 – Student-Centered Learning Pilot Program: Thank you, Mr. Chair, and good afternoon, Senators. … 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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‘A Defense of Utah’s “Zion Curtain”’

Tweet Although it is roundly mocked in the media and elsewhere, the so-called “Zion curtain” required in Utah restaurants helps prevent alcohol-related disasters and improve public safety. It does this by discouraging something that may be hard to measure but … Continue reading

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Put burden of proof on those who would liberalize liquor laws

Tweet This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. Last year, a scholarly paper was presented at the Alcohol Policy 16 Conference explaining how restaurants can transform in all practical aspects … Continue reading

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Guest column: Utah issues letter grades to public schools

Tweet By the Association of American Educators During the 2013 legislative season, the state of Utah passed SB721 in an effort to foster a culture of transparency in public schools. Similar to bills in 15 other states, the new law … Continue reading

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‘Zion Curtain’ is a useful reminder

Tweet The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. In Utah’s liquor wars, it’s no secret that Sutherland Institute supports current laws designed to decrease the sale and consumption of … Continue reading

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‘Catastrophically damaging’

Tweet According to “economic development” advocates, here’s what “catastrophically damaging” looks like when it comes to drinking in Utah: a few moments of awkward conversation about Utah’s liquor laws when a waiter has to explain to a customer at a … Continue reading

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