Salt Lake City ranked “Least Free” Utah city in new, first-of-a-kind analysis of city laws and fees [UPH Wire]

Salt Lake City ranked “Least Free” city in Utah First-of-its-kind “Freest Cities Index” ranks top 50 cities in Utah Salt Lake City, UT (December 2, 2015) — Libertas Institute announced today the results of a new, unique research project—the first of its kind in the country. The “Freest Cities Index” analyzes Utah’s top 50 most populous cities on over 100 metrics dealing with city laws and fees to analyze in which city Utahns will enjoy the most freedom. Freest City: Heber City Least Free City: Salt Lake City The Freest…

Another look at Medical Cannabis

Last month I attended a presentation on medical cannabis put on by the Libertas Institute and the Drug Policy Project. While there, I heard some interesting information presented about why medical cannabis should be legalized in Utah. There were plenty of heart-warming stories about how medical cannabis has helped families and individuals deal with very debilitating diseases and lifelong pain. Utah State Senator Mark Madsen presented what he hoped to run as a bill in the 2016 legislative session. It included tight controls about access and which doctors can prescribe…

An Analysis of the Libertas Common Core Lawsuit

Lawsuits should never be a first resort. Unfortunately, all too often lawsuits are the only way policy makers listen. Whether it’s civil rights, healthcare, the environment, or education standards, lawsuits are a part of our national political system, turning to courts to address issues that we have been unable to resolve by political action. Enter the Libertas Institute, a local libertarian leaning non-profit, which just last week filed a lawsuit challenging the process by which Common Core educational standards were adopted by the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) in…

BUZZ: Libertas Sues Utah Board of Education Over Common Core

In a lawsuit announced on July 31, 2014, Libertas is suing the Utah Board of Education over the implementation of Common Core standards. “When violations of the law occur, it’s important that justice be served and accountability be had,” said Connor Boyack, President of Libertas.  “That’s what this lawsuit aims to do with the State Board of Education—state law requires them to have provided for substantive public input, which they denied others by rushing through Common Core’s adoption.” The lawsuit appears to be limited to addressing the Board’s responsibility as…

The end of the Utah Democratic party?

With the impending retirement of Jim Matheson, the Utah Democratic Party is expected to close its doors and has opened talks with the Uah Republican Party to merge, offering a substantial boost to sagging Republican fundraising, but large voter lists. Republican Party Chair James Evans has indicated that outgoing DemocratIC Chair James Dabakis has approached him about merging parties. “We had a feeling this was coming,” said Dabakis, by phone from the latest state to legalize gay marriage, where he is getting married, again. “We just haven’t worked hard enough to…