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  • Arizona Highway Robbery

    Posted on February 04, 2002 | Type: In the News

    PHOENIX--Would you like it if every time you paid a parking ticket, 10% of the fine went directly to the political campaign of someone you planned to vote against?

  • Question: If I ruled the state?

    Posted on January 12, 2002 | Type: In the News

    If I ruled the state, I would want Arizona to be ahead of its time. As other states regress into excessive taxation, capricious regulation, and profligate spending, Arizona should move forward, breathing new life into liberty, scaling back government and safeguarding individual liberty.

  • Civic Plaza's Importance Is Vastly Oversold

    Posted on January 04, 2002 | Type: In the News

    In its continuing effort to revitalize downtown, the City of Phoenix is seeking to expand the Phoenix Civic Plaza: the big concrete boxes north of the ballpark used to host conventions and car shows. To finance the expansion, the city wants to issue $300 million in bonds, and is looking for the state to kick in an additional $300 million. The city is pushing the expansion as a necessary upgrade to a so-called vital economic engine. The reality is that the Civic Plaza is an engine that is almost wholly fueled by public subsidies, and its importance to the state and local economies is vastly oversold.

  • Whither Clean Elections?

    Posted on November 17, 2001 | Type: In the News

    Even though it seems we just finished the 2000 election, rumblings of the 2002 election have already begun. And next year when the political tidal wave of TV ads, mailers and roadside placards hits us, it will be boosted by $14 million-taken from Arizona residents largely without their consent, and used to subsidize politicians.

  • Overcoming Arizona's Budget Crisis

    Posted on November 06, 2001 | Type: In the News

    According to the Governor's Office of Strategic Planning and Budgeting, Arizona faces a staggering $1.6 billion budget deficit over the next two years. Despite increasing the sales tax to annually generate an additional $450 million for education and $1.75 billion in new federal funds since 1995, some legislators are still calling for higher taxes, tax base restructuring and bond elections to fund the state's shortfall. However, increasing the burden on taxpayers promises to deepen the current economic downturn, while issuing bonds will only compound and defer the state's debt. The only viable, fiscally sound option is to reduce state government spending.

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