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Less than 60 days before Arizonans were to vote on whether or not to remove money from the Growing Smarter fund in order to help balance the state budget, the parks board went ahead and spent $52 million to preserve three pieces of land. The Goldwater Institute's Le Templar weighed in on CBS 5 News.
The Goldwater Institute's Starlee Rhoades appeared on KPNX Channel 12's Sunday Square Off to talk about several issues, including the two propositions that need to pass in order for the state to balance its budget.
Gov. Jan Brewer claimed in her debate with Terry Goddard that Arizona's budget is balanced. The Goldwater Institute's Byron Schlomach appeared on KPNX Channel 12 to determine if that is true.
The annual Goldwater Institute Legislative Report Card scores Arizona lawmakers on their support of principles of limited constitutional government. Each piece of legislation is assessed in four categories for whether it expands or contracts liberty.
Education bills that give parents more choice, make public schools more accountable, expand the teaching pool through relaxed certification requirements, and encourage local control are scored a +1.
The Goldwater Institute's Byron Schlomach went on CBS 5 News to talk about how the city defending public safety director Jack Harris in a lawsuit, hurts taxpayers.
The Goldwater Institute's Le Templar went live on KTVK Channel 3 to talk about how the state is spending taxpayer money at a record pace, despite a huge budget deficit.
The Goldwater Institute's Byron Schlomach appeared on KTVK Channel 3 to talk using highway funds for the protection of endangered squirrels.
PHOENIX - Arizona is still spending at near-record levels despite a $2.7 billion dollar budget deficit and an 18 percent state sales tax increase to help fix it.
PHOENIX – Arizona state government has become a victim of the boom-and-bust economic cycle. Policymakers ramp up state spending when tax revenues are rising, then they must rush to cut back programs when the economy contracts and tax revenues fall. Voters expected to stop such yo-yo spending when they amended the Arizona Constitution 30 years ago by capping the annual amount of money the state can spend.
As recently as 2006, state revenue was climbing nearly 17 percent per year and few imagined that Arizona could be facing today’s financial crisis. Flush with cash, the state had three consecutive years of double-digit spending growth.
The state’s fiscal fortunes changed quickly. December 2009 was the 17th month in a row of double-digit tax revenue declines, consuming the state’s savings and putting Arizona $1 billion in debt just to maintain day-to-day operations.