Scholar Commentary

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Op-ed: Clearing a Path for New Infrastructure

The United States seems incapable of developing modern infrastructure, despite bipartisan support for that goal. Since 2008, China has built more than 15,000 miles of high-speed rail, while the U.S. has built none and is unlikely to do so anytime soon. According to the

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Op-ed: Utah tax reform a step in the right direction

New Years in Utah brings a new tax system for the state. Overall, Utahns will see a tax cut along with new, targeted programs for those in need. Though, tax reform skeptics have begun gathering signatures for two separate repeal efforts in order to undo the

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Op-ed: Democrats wrong on big-tech solutions

From Elizabeth Warren to Tulsi Gabbard, the Democratic presidential candidates have come out strong for breaking up big tech. It has become a central focus of Warren’s campaign, which has caused business leaders like Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg to voice concern, and the

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TV: Legal Marijuana and Drunk Driving

Author of Are Marijuana and Alcohol Substitutes? Evidence from Neighboring Jurisdictions working paper, Benjamin Hansen joins the Kennedy show on Fox Business to discuss how drunk driving decreased in Idaho after Washington state legalized marijuana.

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Op-ed: Healthcare policy and the challenge of inertia

California’s Health Insurance Marketplace, Covered California, began its 2020 open enrollment period on October 15th and will continue through January 31st. It is an exciting year for the Marketplace. More generous subsidies are available for Californians this year

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Op-ed: What college football can teach us about innovation

When most people think of disruptive innovation, they think of the world-changing apps and platforms that most of us have come to enjoy. Perhaps they may even think of flying cars, robotics, or wonder what transformational tech will come next. Unfortunately, the idea

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Op-ed: Let’s Make Utah the ‘Sandbox State’

The Federal Communication Commission recently announced that Salt Lake City would join New York City as the only two 5G innovation zones nationwide. The goal is to create “city-scale testbeds for advanced wireless communications and network research, including 5G

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Op-ed: Look to History to Reform The Antiquities Act

Devils Tower, known to Native Americans as Bear Lodge, is an 870-foot butte composed of igneous rock. Long before it featured on Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the Wyoming landmark was the first national monument declared by President Teddy Roosevelt on Sept. 24

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Op-ed: A Reset for the Renewable Fuels Standard?

The environmental record for biofuels is bleak, but upcoming regulatory reviews offer a chance to change course. CGO Graduate Research Fellow Arthur Wardle gives a few recommendations for policymakers on Renewable Fuel Standards in the Fall 2019 edition

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Protecting immigrants boosts US stocks

For 19 years, Karla Morales Villalobos has had a typical American life, going to school, working and having fun on the weekend. But now, the 22-year-old college student is fighting to keep her family together in federal court. As a 3-year-old, she was “brought here by

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Op-ed: The Right Way to Shape Our Low-Carbon Future

Recently, Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) presented a plan to eliminate carbon emissions in the country by 2050. The bill would implement a national renewable energy standard, similar to renewable portfolio standards that currently exist in 35 states and the District of

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Op-ed: Is Big Tech biased?

If all you knew of America’s biggest tech companies was what emerges from the echo chambers and grandstanding that is Washington, D.C. political chatter, you’d likely have grave concerns about their collective future. Perhaps you are concerned. After all, if one thing

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Op-ed: Tax Reform Contributes to Utah’s Economic Success

In their first meeting late last month, a group of 16 legislators, tax attorneys, and members of the governor’s office formally began studying Utah’s tax system to make recommendations to Utah’s legislature that will both ensure stable sources of revenue for the state

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Op-ed: How to Protect Monuments and Local Communities

Photo: Francisco Kjolseth/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP For generations, Bruce Adams and his family have lived off the land by grazing cattle in southeastern Utah. When President Obama designated 1.35 million acres as Bears Ears National Monument

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