Research & Insights
Sutherland remains committed – post-repeal – to a thorough examination of the facts and principles pertinent to tax reform in Utah. We will continue to research ideas that work, inform the public about needs and timelines, and strive to ensure the well-being of Utahns statewide.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SALT LAKE CITY—Today Sutherland Institute President and CEO Rick Larsen delivered the following statement: Something significant occurred this week. With the referendum effort around tax reform culminating in an announcement that the new tax law...
On Wednesday, January 22, the Supreme Court held oral arguments in a Montana case involving education and religious discrimination – a situation whose roots go back to the late 19th century.
“I like the fact that Sutherland Institute invites healthy conversations based on sound principles,” Dr. Belot said. “We may be firm in our values, but I still believe that we ought to consider other perspectives. I have found in my religious, professional, and personal life that learning from other people is key to progress and sometimes a key to avoid dire consequences.
A few days ago The New York Times published “Two states. Eight Textbooks. Two American Stories,” an article that highlights an interesting reality: California and Texas history textbooks have the same publisher but different information within their covers.
In an effort to bring more complete information and greater transparency to the debate, Sutherland Institute has launched an information campaign: The truth about Utah’s tax cut. On Thursday, Jan. 16, newspaper ads, radio spots and social media posts will begin with the aim to inform Utah citizens about the recent debate surrounding tax reform.
If you sign the referendum opposing tax reform at the grocery store, you will raise your taxes. Learn the truth before you sign …
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SALT LAKE CITY—Today Sutherland Institute President and CEO Rick Larsen announced that Sharlene Wells Hawkes is joining the organization’s Board of Directors. “Sharlene Wells Hawkes’ career includes diverse and ground-breaking work – in so many...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SALT LAKE CITY—Today Sutherland Institute President and CEO Rick Larsen announced there will be significant additions to the organization’s Board of Directors. Larsen said three new members will be announced in January 2020, starting with...
If the tax reform package jump-starts a change in Utah’s public school funding policy, years down the road we may look back and find it to be the most powerful outcome of tax reform. We may see December 2019 as the month we freed public schools from the limits of the income tax.
Our current tax structure is outdated and requires updating to meet a changing and growing economy. And the process – as illustrated by today’s version of the legislation – has been thorough and responsive.
A sound policy solution to this dilemma should leave politics aside. It should consist of the approach and substance contained in the Fairness for All Act (FFA). Instead of demanding rights for one group at the expense of others, the FFA seeks to protect the rights of everyone.