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  • 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.

  • The Utah Centennial Is History: Affair Was Productive, But Was It Inclusive?

    Posted on June 02, 1997 | Type: In the News

    Centennial Year Called A Success

  • SPN News: Goldwater Institute update (Jan/Feb 2003)

    Posted on | Type: In the News

    The Goldwater Institute kicked off the new year with the release of a new report, “42 Ideas for a Free and Prosperous Arizona.” Spearheaded by the “42 Ideas” report

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