Research & Insights
On Saturday, Nov. 9, Sutherland Institute held its 25th anniversary gala where more than 600 notable guests attended. It was not only the largest gathering in Sutherland’s history, it was perhaps the most consequential.
The future is complicated. Americans will be faced with tough decisions. In preparation for that day, let us resolve for the sake of our service members that we will ask them to sacrifice only when we are confident their cause is just.
Sutherland Institute supports the tax reform draft legislation because it strengthens Utah’s economy by supporting families.
We are supportive of the intent and many of the policy concepts included in the tax restructuring policy proposal put forward by the chairs of the task force.
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.
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.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments about whether the 1964 Civil Rights Act prohibiting discrimination “on the basis of sex” should be reinterpreted by the court to add the categories of sexual orientation and gender identity to the law. Congress has failed to do this multiple times, so advocacy groups have turned to the courts.
Sutherland Institute recommends that the Department of Commerce not finalize any rule changes to R156-61, but rather that it act only to make policy recommendations regarding the regulation of therapies for children with questions about their sexual attractions or gender.
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?
Two have cases pending before the Supreme Court in its new term beginning Oct. 7, 2019. The rest are asking the court to hear their cases.
But with burnout being the leading reason for exiting the profession, the question remains: What more can be done so the noble profession is also one of the most sought after?
Education policy debates in Utah almost always turn into full-blown arguments. Given education’s standing as the highest ranked priority for Utahns year after year, and the diversity of views around ideas and solutions, it’s no wonder.