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

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. Stan … 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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‘A Defense of Utah’s “Zion Curtain”’

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 exists … Continue reading

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Put burden of proof on those who would liberalize liquor laws

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 into … Continue reading

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Guest column: Utah issues letter grades to public schools

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 measures … Continue reading

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‘Zion Curtain’ is a useful reminder

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 alcohol. … Continue reading

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‘Catastrophically damaging’

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 restaurant … Continue reading

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Arguments against repealing compulsory education are insulting

The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. Periodically, our friends at Utahpolicy.com survey their readers on political issues of the day. Just this week, it ran a survey about … Continue reading

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Interim Day: Testimony before legislative committee regarding liquor policy

Testimony by Paul Mero before the Business and Labor Interim Committee on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. Mr. Chairman and members of the committee, State liquor policy has been consistent for decades. Utah is a control state. Our policy is to … Continue reading

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Feds broke a promise to Utah on land ownership

The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. When the Utah Legislature passed the Transfer of Public Lands Act (TPLA) in the 2012 general session, it did so for good … Continue reading

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Liquor ‘bait-and-switch’ could happen in Utah, too

Chain restaurants – including three that operate in Utah – have been charged with liquor fraud in New Jersey. Examples of fraud ranged from filling premium-brand bottles with cheap alcohol and selling it at premium prices, to pouring dirty water … Continue reading

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Utah’s at the top in digital learning – let’s keep it there

As noted by the Utah Taxpayers Association and The Senate Site, Utah recently received an “A” on the 2012 Digital Learning Report Card from Digital Learning Now! As the only state in the country to do so, Utah is setting … Continue reading

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Nothing silly or embarrassing about Utah’s liquor laws

With what can only be described as noble indifference – the new political posture of politically correct and “tolerant” Republicans – many otherwise thoughtful Utahns have gone just plain goofy over Utah liquor laws, especially the “Zion Curtain.” Whenever Sutherland … Continue reading

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Children and the culture of drinking

In the recently concluded legislative session, a bill was introduced and passed by the Utah House of Representatives on a 63-11 vote that would have done away with the so-called “Zion Curtain.” Wisely, the Senate stopped such poor public policy … Continue reading

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‘Zion Curtain’ is a matter of culture

The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations: If you were to take a tour of my home, you would immediately notice the symbols of my family’s culture. Our living … Continue reading

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