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Reforming Occupational Licensing in Utah Webinar

In January of this year, Utah Governor Spencer Cox’s revealed his first executive order calling for state agencies to review all professional licensing requirements. Learn more on the process and reforms here. In June, we teamed up with the Marriner S. Eccles Institute for Economics and Quantitative Analysis (MEIEQA) at the University of Utah to […]

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Lucas Rentschler on the Lars Larson Show

Director of the Experimental Economics Laboratory at Utah State University Lucas Rentschler joins host Lars Larson on his podcast to discuss the recent Congressional big tech hearings. TheLarsLarsonShow · Lucas Rentschler – What should we take away from yesterday’s Congressional hearing with big tech?

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A Cleaner Future for Energy on Federal Lands Webinar

One of the first things President Biden did when he assumed office was issue an executive order placing a moratorium on the sale of any new leases for oil and gas on federal land—at least until the Department of the Interior completes a review of climate impacts. What does that mean and how will it […]

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Op-Ed: Why Merrick Garland needs to rethink the Google antitrust case

During the first day of Merrick Garland’s Senate hearing last month, President Biden’s nominee for attorney general outlined what his priorities would be at the Department of Justice. From investigating the insurrection to immigration enforcement, Garland has promised to bring a change in direction from the last Justice Department.
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COVID-19 and Cooperation: Why Openness Matters Webinar

Watch the recent webinar featuring special guest Charles Kenny who discusses his most recent book, The Plague Cycle, and why global cooperation during any public health crisis is essential. Charles is a senior fellow and the director of technology and development at the Center for Global Development. Last year, we saw countries close their borders […]

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Opening the US to Hong Kongers Would Promote America’s Aims

On December 19, the Hong Kong People’s Freedom and Choice Act failed to advance in the Senate due to objections from Senator Ted Cruz. The bill would allow people in Hong Kong to claim refugee status in the United States if they’ve faced persecution for their political beliefs. It’s a disappointing failure because just 11 days prior, the bill […]

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Op-Ed: Big Tech May Become The Next Champion Of Free Speech

Occam’s Razor needs to be applied more broadly in the debate over free speech online. If you think your political position is being suppressed by Facebook or Google or Twitter, it probably isn’t. More likely, your post was taken down because you violated a rule and then interpreted the takedown as a nefarious attempt at […]

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Policy Briefing: Critical Habitat Designations & Proposed ESA Reforms

Recently, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed a new rule regarding the administration of critical habitat designations for endangered species. Critical habitat designations on private land can discourage property owners from maintaining or restoring habitat for protected species. Because private lands provide essential habitat for endangered wildlife, it’s important that reforms boost the incentives […]

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