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  • How Cities Can Drive Economic Growth in Five Easy Steps

    Posted on May 12, 2014 | Type: In the News | Author: Byron Schlomach

    Cities across the country struggled through the recent recession, and several even declared bankruptcy, including Stockton and San Bernardino in California, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Central Falls, Rhode Island and, perhaps most famously, Detroit, Michigan. Stockton’s decline has been harrowing as its finances have so declined that essential services, especially the police, have been reduced. The city’s gang and narcotics teams had to be disbanded even as the city saw its murder rate hit an all-time high in 2012. The city is learning to fight back with help from the county sheriff and changes to its policing methods, but real long-term damage has been done to its reputation. Even before its bankruptcy, Detroit had a plan on the table to reduce costs by demolishing abandoned houses and commercial buildings. The city’s decline has been so thorough that it has been used as an example of what happens to buildings in its Life After People series.

  • Legislators and ACA Carve Out Millions for Special Interest

    Posted on March 18, 2014 | Type: In the News | Author: Emily Gersema

    Last summer, legislators and Gov. Jan Brewer made a special exception to the spending restrictions on the fund and approved a state budget bill provision that was tailor-made to give a loan to a Navajo County enterprise. As it turns out, the business in question was the Apache Railway Company, a small rail spur in Snowflake that currently employs eight people.

  • Americans Must Unite Behind the Compact for a Balanced Budget

    Posted on January 22, 2014 | Type: In the News | Author: Nick Dranias

    Unprincipled politicians use unlimited debt to buy votes today while shifting the costs of their policies to non-voting future generations. There is no effective political check to stop such behavior—except to impose a strong constitutional limit on the use of debt.

  • Old desegregation orders undermine school reform : Column

    Posted on December 29, 2013 | Type: In the News | Author: Clint Bolick

    Families are now fighting for new rights.

  • Arizona governor's Medicaid plan heads to court

    Posted on December 13, 2013 | Type: In the News

    Six months after she pushed an expansion of the state's Medicaid health insurance plan through Arizona's Legislature, Gov. Jan Brewer's effort to extend coverage to 300,000 additional residents faces a crucial test Friday.

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