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Research: Public health policies work – and probably help the economy too

Newly published research about the effects of anti-smoking policies have found such policies effectively incentivize the desired social behaviors, and it also suggests that they create more benefits than costs for society. While this study focused only on anti-smoking policies, … Continue reading

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Ex-CDC chief: Policies that reduce alcohol availability reduce alcohol-related problems

In an op-ed published Feb. 12 in The Salt Lake Tribune, Dr. James O. Mason challenged a previous Tribune editorial, which said, “No doubt Utah sees benefits from having a lower rate of alcohol consumption and fewer drinkers, but 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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To ease income inequality, smooth the path for innovators — Sutherland Soapbox, 11/4/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations.   Today is Election Day, so I want to talk about an issue that is the driving electoral message of hundreds of political … Continue reading

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Ethanol: How politics takes an interest in you

“Politics isn’t for me.” “I’m too busy with everyday life to bother with politics.” These are refrains we often hear and perhaps have said ourselves. The problem with this thinking, however, is that politics affects our daily lives with ever-increasing … Continue reading

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Why a distilled-spirits lobbyist agrees with us on alcohol laws — Sutherland Soapbox, 9/23/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. Utah and its elected officials are often lampooned for the alcohol/liquor laws and regulations of the state. The laws are usually portrayed as … Continue reading

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‘Liberal fascism’ and economic albatrosses – Mero Moment, 8/19/14

This post, which was adapted from a piece at Utah Citizen Network, is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. In public discourse, fascism is often associated with the far right wing; with … Continue reading

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Unnecessary licensing restrictions raise cost of health care

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 want … Continue reading

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Massive regulatory costs hamper the current ‘recovery’

This chart is worth a thousand words: The regulatory costs of the first terms of President Clinton (1993-1996) and President George W. Bush (2001-2004) also occurred during economic recoveries, after recessions in 1991 and 2001, respectively. And, perhaps not coincidentally, … Continue reading

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We regulate alcohol to protect innocent lives

We often hear the question, “Why does Utah regulate and restrict the ability to sell and purchase alcoholic drinks so much?” A practical answer to that question, based on empirical research and analysis, is because doing so is good for individuals, … Continue reading

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Corporate political giving doesn’t pay, unless …

A recently highlighted study on corporate political donations from researchers at Rice University, to be published soon in an issue of Strategic Management Journal, reported some interesting results. From a press release about the study: [The researchers] found that firms’ … Continue reading

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Capitol Daily Video: Motor Fuel Marketing Act

HB 325, a bill that would reauthorize the Motor Fuel Marketing Act, passed a House committee on Friday. Watch this video to learn more about the bill and why Sutherland opposes it: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhBRvMYiHaI

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Running into a pileup of vehicle fees

  Welcome to the wonderful world of vehicle titling and registration. I recently had the pleasure of running this perilous gantlet when I bought an old grocery-getter of a car, and my wallet is $263 lighter as a consequence. What … Continue reading

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Research backs up Utah’s alcohol laws, part 2: CDC recommendations

  It turns out Utah’s “backward” alcohol laws are not so backward – they’re right in line with recommendations issued by a task force newly formed by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In the fall, I … Continue reading

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Cutting through the red tape

  Has the size and intrusiveness of government got you singing the holiday blues? You’re not alone. Fortunately the state has seen the writing on the wall and has proposed a list of changes to regulations in order to lighten … Continue reading

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