A sweetheart deal? Unspam Technologies profits from the Utah Child Protection Registry with seemingly little oversight

“In 2004, I asserted that Unspam’s proposed registry would be ineffective at limiting or curbing unsolicited email.  In 2017, this has proven to be true.” – Pete Ashdown, Founder of Xmission The most pernicious of government programs are those that are small and unnoticed. Without oversight, they often deliver questionable value to a very limited audience without being recognized for such. These programs tend to fester for years or decades before getting noticed but are often hard to kill even when they are. By all accounts, the state Do Not…

Evelyn Everton: Taxes for everybody!

Welcome to Utah, where, in 2015, elected leaders haven’t seen a single tax increase they didn’t like. First, the Legislature voted to raise property taxes by $75 million. Then, they raised the gas tax by .05 cents per gallon. Now, county officials have added a hike in the sales tax in 17 counties. This latest tax increase is an effort by the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce and its member companies to “improve transportation infrastructure” in Utah. There are two things that are almost certain to improve if the sales…