The Center for Utah’s Economy


It is time for Utahns who truly believe in freedom and free markets to begin the process of crowding out government from Utah’s economy. It is time for Utahns to:

  • Create a fair and level playing field for all Utah businesses
  • Make earned success the standard of business achievement
  • Abolish Utah’s corporate income tax
  • Endorse government regulation of business only in cases of market failure
  • Protect the Utah economy from ineffective government regulations
  • Prioritize Utah businesses ahead of out-of-state businesses
  • End government favoritism of selected businessesArticle 12, section 20 of the Utah Constitution states,[Free market system as state policy — Restraint of trade and monopolies prohibited.] It is the policy of the state of Utah that a free market system shall govern trade and commerce in this state to promote the dispersion of economic and political power and the general welfare of all the people. Each contract, combination in the form of trust or otherwise, or conspiracy in restraint of trade or commerce is prohibited. Except as otherwise provided by statute, it is also prohibited for any person to monopolize, attempt to monopolize, or combine or conspire with any other person or persons to monopolize any part of trade or commerce.

Sutherland’s new Center for Utah’s Economy will defend this constitutional mandate. The Center’s goal is to be a positive and constructive influence in state and local economic policies. As we have in other areas of focus, Sutherland Institute will represent the best in sound and principled public policy thinking – and will continue to use all the resources available to us to make good ideas into good laws for Utah.

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Pioneer Institute is an independent, non-partisan, privately funded research organization that seeks to improve the quality of life in Massachusetts through civic discourse and intellectually rigorous, data-driven public policy solutions based on free market principles, individual liberty and responsibility, and the ideal of effective, limited and accountable government.

By producing research almost exclusively through outside experts, Pioneer ensures credibility, remaining focused on what we do best — developing a strategic research and programs agenda for issues we believe in. We are a resource for legislators on Beacon Hill and for staff in the State’s executive offices, and we attract more press than any other research institute in Massachusetts.

The application of free markets is not a conservative nor even a libertarian dictum. Markets work. Over the past half-century, governments of all political persuasions have used markets to provide more effective and efficient services.

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