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Colleges wrestle with questions of reopening

Colleges wrestle with questions of reopening

The shuttering of universities has been predicted by some scholars for a while now due to changes to society, technological advances and flexibility in employment. But now, the individual choices being made in response to the coronavirus have accelerated this process.

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How might coronavirus improve the future of healthcare?

How might coronavirus improve the future of healthcare?

If the pandemic leads states and the federal government to embrace more market-driven health care policies — removing barriers to telemedicine, encouraging drive-up testing and home delivery of prescription drugs where such delivery is reasonable — then innovations can be better for everyone.

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Tax reform repeal starting to impact this year’s state budget

Tax reform repeal starting to impact this year’s state budget

The Legislature’s fiscal analyst told the majority caucus that in a couple of years most state programs that Utah families and businesses rely upon – road maintenance, air quality programs, low-income housing and healthcare programs, criminal justice and public safety programs, etc. – will face budget cuts without any changes to the tax system.

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How does tax reform repeal impact state funding for public schools?

How does tax reform repeal impact state funding for public schools?

With December’s tax reform law now repealed by the passage and signing of HB 185, the Legislature is currently working to determine state funding for public schools for the upcoming fiscal year. We may not know exactly how much public schools will get right now, but we can get a general understanding of what the short-term budget and revenue impacts of tax reform’s repeal will be.

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Sutherland President comments on tax repeal

Sutherland President comments on tax repeal

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...

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Education tech exec Dr. Frantz Belot joins Sutherland’s Board of Directors

Education tech exec Dr. Frantz Belot joins Sutherland’s Board of Directors

“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.

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A new funding system may be best for Utah’s schools

A new funding system may be best for Utah’s schools

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.

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Transcript: Former Gov. Jeb Bush on the future of education

Transcript: Former Gov. Jeb Bush on the future of education

I’m here just to give a few brief remarks about the importance of education. I’ll start with something…maybe it’s provocative, maybe you guys have already figured this out. It’s my passionate belief that a child born in poverty today in this country … they’re never going to have a job if we don’t … dramatically change how we educate our children.

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Utah tax reform recommendations

Utah tax reform recommendations

As the 2019 general session concluded, Utah’s Legislature created the Tax Restructuring and Equalization Task Force. Impetus for so doing is the need to address the imbalance in state revenue sources and restrictions on revenue use.

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Wait, who’s in charge of education in Utah?

Wait, who’s in charge of education in Utah?

Partisan elections for the Utah State Board of Education have been found constitutional by the Utah Supreme Court. The court held that elected officials aren’t employees — a commonsense concept we intuitively understood.

Yet, a larger, simmering policy question continues to be asked: How should education be governed in Utah?

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Constitution Day

Constitution Day

While pundits and journalists call for a new Constitution – a better and more modern one – so many people throughout modern history and around the world look at our Constitution as something to be revered, aspired to and emulated. It seems that only here in America, in a nation blessed by the many freedoms and liberties the Constitution affords, we find in our prosperity the time and inclination to disparage it.

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For 9/11, I wear a red bandana

For 9/11, I wear a red bandana

Weeks later, on September 11, 2001, at 8:46 a.m., American Airlines Flight 11 hit the North Tower. At his desk, Welles called his mother, letting her know he was OK. At 9:02 a.m., United Flight 175 hit the South Tower, cutting a diagonal path between the 78th and 84th floors. Without hesitation, Welles took off his equities trader hat and put on his fireman hat.

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U.S. needs solutions for education costs, but not ‘free’ college or debt cancellation

U.S. needs solutions for education costs, but not ‘free’ college or debt cancellation

There needs to be a cultural shift around big-name, often expensive, universities. Americans need to refocus on getting an education for the sake of attaining knowledge and skill, not status. We need to refocus on the needs of students. We need to stop seeing them as a price tag, but instead allow them to learn from experience. The experience that comes from real effort and sacrifice.

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Tax reform? But I thought …

Tax reform? But I thought …

It’s not hard to understand that Utahns may be experiencing a bit of confusion, and for some a sense of whiplash, about the current focus on and potentially significant pending changes in the state’s tax structure.    After all, didn’t we have a $1 billion-plus...

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In Utah, we can disagree better

In Utah, we can disagree better

Originally published in Deseret News. Utah does a lot of things right. While water cooler conversations and local headlines tend to highlight disagreements, those whose work exposes them to national counterparts know there are legislators and leaders nationwide who...

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The side effects of temporary tolerance

The side effects of temporary tolerance

Originally published in The Hill. During a recent visit, my doctor forever changed my view of tolerance when he asked, “How are you tolerating the medication?” To him, tolerance meant: Are the side effects worth the benefits? I reasoned that I would prefer not to take...

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HB 296 – Rural Online Working Hubs Amendments

HB 296 – Rural Online Working Hubs Amendments

Comment presented by Zach Schofield on March 5, 2019, in support of HB 296 1st Substitute – Rural Online Working Hubs Amendments, before the Senate Economic Development and Workforce Services Committee of the Utah Legislature. The bill, which was passed out by the...

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We need to do better than ‘tolerance’

We need to do better than ‘tolerance’

In February 2019, we observe Black History Month with troubling images that are in the rearview mirror – but not nearly far enough behind us. Hate crimes in the nation’s 10 largest cities increased by 12 percent last year, reaching the highest level in more than a...

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How to find consensus on beer and public safety

How to find consensus on beer and public safety

Originally published in Deseret News. The annual alcohol policy debate in the Utah Legislature is brewing. Grocery stores are seeking to loosen regulations on the sale of beer. Public health and safety advocates are celebrating that Utah just became the first state in...

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Legislature can help Utahns solve growth issues

Legislature can help Utahns solve growth issues

Originally published in Utah Policy. Utah is growing – it’s one of the fastest-growing states in the country. This is great news, but it also presents the Legislature with unique issues. This year, the Legislature has the opportunity to pursue solutions to our state’s...

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Sutherland Data Check: Hate Crimes

Sutherland Data Check: Hate Crimes

The following was sent to Utah's state senators and representatives ahead of the 2019 legislative session. An important part of Sutherland Institute’s mission is informing debate and elevating dialogue about important public policy issues. To that end, Sutherland is...

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The Constitution is working, but Congress isn’t

The Constitution is working, but Congress isn’t

Originally published in The Salt Lake Tribune.  The current debate over the border wall and the associated government shutdown is complex politically and constitutionally. Scholars are debating what the president can and cannot do, and partisan divides are on full...

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Innovation in Education Preview

Innovation in Education Preview

Innovation in Education Preview0 Comments Sign up for your FREE digital download of Innovation in Education here.  Sutherland Institute will be launching a new policy publication on Feb. 6, 2019. For more information about attending this event, register here. In...

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Can you go a year without anger?

Can you go a year without anger?

As the holiday season ends and we pack away the warmth and peace that tends to accompany time spent on faith, family and giving, we can feel the collision of re-entry into the world of angry post-holiday headlines and arguments. But is this shocking relapse absolutely...

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‘Every man for himself’ leads to a lonely place

‘Every man for himself’ leads to a lonely place

Originally published on Deseret News. The United States has rich resources, a plethora of driven people and success in technological advancements. This seems like the perfect recipe to enable high levels of happiness among Americans, right? Wrong. America has a lack...

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Arthur Brooks on turning hatred into love

Arthur Brooks on turning hatred into love

In this season of thanksgiving and gift-giving, Sutherland Institute wants to share a gift – a series, actually. Between now and the end of 2018, we’ll share important messages from our memorable gala keynote on the blog. This post is part 4 of 4. Arthur Brooks, at...

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Federalism: Where do we go from here?

Federalism: Where do we go from here?

On Tuesday, I participated in a panel discussion at Utah Valley University on the topic of “Federalism: Where do we go from here?” It was the final panel of a two-day event that included overviews of the history and evolution of American federalism from the founding...

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Congressman Rob Bishop on public lands

Congressman Rob Bishop on public lands

Congressman Rob Bishop on public landsCongressman Rob Bishop addressed public lands as a part of Sutherland’s 2018 Congressional Event Series. Below is a collection of live tweets from the event. For a full recording, the speech and panel discussions were streamed...

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The solution to the housing crisis? Compromise

The solution to the housing crisis? Compromise

The solution to the housing crisis? CompromiseWhether disgruntled over new high-density development or skyrocketing home prices, people in Utah are feeling the pinch of living in such an attractive place. Out-of-staters are flocking to Utah, and the generation...

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Is free enterprise worth the risks?

Is free enterprise worth the risks?

Is free enterprise worth the risks?Originally published by the Deseret News. This week, Microsoft identified fake websites linked to a Russian intelligence agency. They were imitating conservative websites — even a couple of think tanks — which caught my attention....

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Smokey Bear: He’s got it all wrong

Smokey Bear: He’s got it all wrong

Smokey Bear: He’s got it all wrongOriginally published by Deseret News. Everyone’s favorite forest mascot turns 74 this month. Smokey Bear has long been a staple of forest fire prevention with the slogan “Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires.” Over his career, Smokey has...

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Senator Hatch on SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh

Senator Hatch on SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh

SUTHERLAND INSTITUTE HOSTS CONGRESSIONAL EVENT SERIES Featuring Senator Orrin Hatch Sutherland is pleased to host United States Senator Orrin G. Hatch, senior member and former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, to discuss Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination...

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Work — the common thread through all Americans

Work — the common thread through all Americans

Work — the common thread through all Americans0 Comments Originally published by the Deseret News. Summer is upon us and so too is a tale that’s been overtold: Americans are terrible at taking vacation. Every year we collectively fail to use millions of paid vacation...

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Reflecting on Sutherland’s namesake

Reflecting on Sutherland’s namesake

George Sutherland was the first and only U.S. Supreme Court justice from the state of Utah. Sutherland’s life had great impact on Utah and is the reason my husband, Gaylord Swim, gave Sutherland Institute his name 23 years ago. I remember my husband pondering for...

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Rising up — what the American flag represents

Rising up — what the American flag represents

Rising up — what the American flag representsSept. 11, 2001. I don’t have to say much more for Americans to feel something. That day in history changed the United States. Whether we were directly affected by the tragic events on that day or if we learned about it...

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‘Religious Liberty for All’

‘Religious Liberty for All’

‘Religious Liberty for All’Last month, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty hosted the 2018 Canterbury Medal Gala in New York City. Stanford Swim, Sutherland Institute board chairman, and I were privileged to attend this impressive event on May 24...

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Masterpiece Cakeshop decision reveals a better way

Masterpiece Cakeshop decision reveals a better way

Masterpiece Cakeshop decision reveals a better wayOriginally published by the Deseret News. At his home in Colorado, Jack Phillips must be celebrating the Supreme Court’s decision in his favor in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission — albeit...

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Get engaged in school board elections

Get engaged in school board elections

Get engaged in school board electionsOriginally published by Utah Policy. The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) election is woefully underestimated. Too few know about the important work the board does, and even fewer know about the candidates running for the...

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How to get engaged (in Utah politics)

How to get engaged (in Utah politics)

With the primary elections coming up, I have heard people speculate about whether millennials – or younger generations – will show up to vote or be involved in the political process at all. But I wonder if millennials know how to do this. My experience may not be...

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Lessons from Luxembourg for this Memorial Day

Lessons from Luxembourg for this Memorial Day

Lessons from Luxembourg for this Memorial DayOn this Memorial Day, a day set aside to honor service members who died on active duty, may we never forget the more than 1.1 million Americans who have died since the birth of our nation for the cause of freedom. To those...

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Who manages the West’s federal lands?

Who manages the West’s federal lands?

Who manages the West’s federal lands?The federal government owns roughly 640 million acres – about 28 percent of the entire country – and nearly 90 percent of this land is located in the western United States. That means one out of every two acres in the West is owned...

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Reining in the BLM’s wild horse crisis

Reining in the BLM’s wild horse crisis

Reining in the BLM’s wild horse crisisOriginally published by The Hill. Few symbols embody the American West like wild horses galloping through an endless sea of sagebrush. Unfortunately, there are now too many animals roaming the land and the plight of wild horses...

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America didn’t lose its trust overnight

America didn’t lose its trust overnight

America didn’t lose its trust overnightOriginally published by the Deseret News. Trust seems to be going out of style like a fashion craze that no longer suits us. We are phasing out trust in our institutions, the media and even among each other. If trust were...

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A lobbyist’s role in American democracy

A lobbyist’s role in American democracy

The following remarks were presented in March 2018 by Sutherland’s Matthew Anderson during Rep. Rob Bishop’s annual education conference at the Utah State Capitol. Anderson joined Rep. John Curtis, acting director of the Bureau of Land Management Brian Steed, and...

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An empowered woman empowers women

An empowered woman empowers women

An empowered woman empowers womenLooking back at Women’s History Month, we should remember that women play an essential role in bolstering other women, and in turn freedom. How can women make a difference for other women and for liberty? First, we should understand...

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Establishing founding virtues in our own lives

Establishing founding virtues in our own lives

Establishing founding virtues in our own livesOriginally published in the Deseret News. Society is shaped by our collective choices, the demands we make of elected representatives and the laws that result. Today, demands for societal change are rampant. Movements like...

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Maligned practice of chaining restores ecosystems

Maligned practice of chaining restores ecosystems

Maligned practice of chaining restores ecosystems Originally published by Utah Policy. A recent television ad campaign calls for a complete and permanent halt to chaining on Utah’s BLM lands. Chaining is the practice of dragging a heavy chain between two tractors to...

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The Limits of Protest Culture

The Limits of Protest Culture

The Limits of Protest CultureIf you choose to participate in a protest, remember that it is not the end. It’s a start. There is no shortage of things to protest for or against in our country. Our protest culture has become the only way many people engage in the...

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‘No longer isolated’

‘No longer isolated’

‘No longer isolated’Originally published in the Deseret News. Headlines describe an America in decline. Our better angels seem absent, and every vice that can be labeled uniquely American is on full display. Our United States of America feels anything but...

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The Cost of Personalized Learning

The Cost of Personalized Learning

The Cost of Personalized LearningWill focusing on a student's individual needs and creating personalized learning paths cost taxpayers more money and result in ANOTHER tax hike? The short answer is no. Personalized learning is a philosophy, not a program. Like “choice...

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We are heirs to a wealth of freedom

We are heirs to a wealth of freedom

Originally published in the Deseret News. In my previous career as a business and philanthropic consultant, I often accompanied financial planners advising people who were about to inherit significant amounts of money. My role was to provide insights into effective...

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Millennial women — we need to hear your voices

Millennial women — we need to hear your voices

Millennial women — we need to hear your voicesOriginally published in the Deseret News. The great American experiment only works when all voices are heard — men and women, liberals and conservatives, religious and nonreligious, old and young. What’s sad is that too...

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The way of the reformer

The way of the reformer

The way of the reformerFROM THE POWER OF TRUTH, BY WILLIAM GEORGE JORDAN The reformers of the world are its men of mighty purpose. They are men with the courage of individual conviction, men who dare run counter to the criticism of inferiors, men who voluntarily bear...

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Innovations for Growing Education Choice

Innovations for Growing Education Choice

Innovations for Growing Education ChoicePanelists at “Innovations for Growing Education Choice,” a policy panel Sutherland Institute hosted last Wednesday during National School Choice Week, shared innovative ideas that give students options – policies that ought to...

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Sutherland Institute announces new president

Sutherland Institute announces new president

Sutherland Institute announces new presidentSALT LAKE CITY— Today Sutherland Institute announced Rick Larsen as its new president. Larsen succeeds former president Boyd Matheson, who recently announced his departure. “Rick is uniquely prepared and perfectly positioned...

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