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PHOENIX—Most Arizona families that receive welfare assistance have no one in the home working or training for a full-time job despite a federal mandate to do so, according to a new report from the Goldwater Institute.
Like many states, Arizona is grappling with a historic budget shortfall and faces complex decisions about what programs and services to reduce or eliminate. In response to the 2010 budget, the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) made a series of cuts, including $13.5 million in the Cash Assistance welfare program. The state was wise not to cut welfare-to-work programs that are designed to move recipients off the welfare rolls and into self-sufficiency. Arizona should consider additional no-cost policies that would further save the state money and increase the number of people leaving welfare for gainful employment.
In September 2009, Governor Jan Brewer asked each state agency to present a plan to reduce their budgets by 15 percent. The following is an assessment of each agency’s plan and whether there are more opportunities for savings. The departments are arranged in the order in which they appear in the master list of programs from the Governor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Budgeting. Most stand-alone boards and commissions, the so-called 90/10 agencies, are not included since they are self-funded through user fees.
Thomas Jefferson once said, “Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government. ”
The Goldwater Institute's Carrie Ann Sitren went live on Channel 3 to discuss the deal brewing between the Chicago Cubs and the City of Mesa that would keep the Cubs' spring training home in the valley.
The Goldwater Institute's Byron Schlomach went on KFYI's Terry Gilberg Show to talk about economic development in the Valley of the Sun.
PHOENIX—A proposal being considered at the Arizona Capitol would require that state contracts with companies that provide behavioral health services only be open to nonprofit health providers.
The State of Arizona is facing an unprecedented amount of debt—some $37 billion. That works out to roughly $6,000 of debt for every man, woman, and child in the state. The heap of debt is leading to calls for reform to keep Arizona solvent. Although various reforms, limits, and oversight may have merit, there is a simpler alternative: follow the state constitution’s debt limit.
The Goldwater Institute's Nick Dranias went live on Channel 3 to explain how Arizona being in debt more than $350,000 is against the law.