Government Spending

No government has ever spent its way to prosperity. Our proposals help governments be fiscally responsible so citizens can be prosperous.

<p>No government has ever spent its way to prosperity. Our proposals help governments be fiscally responsible so citizens can be prosperous.</p>

PHOENIX – The Arizona Legislature has acted to rein in serious abuses of the state’s pension funds for government employees as described by an award-winning investigation by The Arizona Republic last year.

Glendale officials insist it’s time to end the debate over a $197 million incentive package the city is offering to a Chicago investor who wants to buy the Phoenix Coyotes and keep the struggling hockey team playing at the Jobing.com arena.

The deal that has been proposed is legal, they say.

The taxpayers are protected.

There are iron-clad guarantees the team will not be moved, even if it goes into bankruptcy again.

All of the relevant questions, advocates claim, have been answered.

The Goldwater Institute's Byron Schlomach went on with KKNT's Rudi K. to talk about the Goldwater Institute's and Citizens Against Government Waste's 2011 Piglet Book, which examines waste and fraud at all government levels in Arizona.

The Goldwater Institute's Byron Schlomach appeared on KTVK Channel 3's Politics Unplugged to talk about the Goldwater Institute's and Citizens Against Government Waste's new book on government waste and fraud, the 2011 Piglet Book.

The Goldwater Institute's Stephen Slivinski appeared on KTVK Channel 3's Politics Unplugged to discuss Gov. Jan Brewer's economics package.

After NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman blasted the Goldwater Institute, Darcy Olsen appeared on KFYI's Mike Broomhead to respond, and to talk about the Goldwater Institute's latest publication, the 2011 Piglet Book.

PHOENIX – Santa Cruz County lost track of $241,000 in equipment. Safford spent $15,000 to install outdoor stereo speakers on a downtown street. Avondale used $7 million to connect water and sewer pipelines to a professional auto racing track.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Arizona state government is in the midst of a $700 million budget crisis. Cities, counties, and school districts across the state are struggling to make ends meet. The federal government is drowning in record deficits and mounting debt.

Some politicians are quick to blame declining revenues for government budgetary woes. Readers of the 2011 Arizona Piglet Book, however, will quickly see that too much spending, not too little tax revenue, is the real culprit.

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