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>

Protecting individual rights and promoting limited government aren’t just buzzwords. Those are the constitutional obligations of our elected officials. The Arizona Constitution explains this clearly in Article II, Section 2.

The Goldwater Institute's Dr. Byron Schlomach talked to KPNX Channel 12 about the consequences of the federal stimulus funds for Arizona drying up, and how the state should have spent more wisely early in the recession.

Executive Summary

The annual Goldwater Institute Legislative Report Card considers how well Arizona legislators are fulfilling their constitutional obligation to uphold liberty. The report scores legislators on 305 votes across four categories: education, constitutional government, regulation, and tax and budget. The primary criterion is whether a vote for or against each bill expands or restricts liberty.

In its Sunday editorial on agencies' responses to the governor's request for proposals to cut budgets by 15 percent ("We can't cut our way out of this budget mess"), The Republic notes, "The Department of Corrections proposes changing state law so felons can be released earlier."

The implication is that dangerous criminals will be roaming the streets. Left unsaid is that a "felon" could be a check kiter or somebody who missed child-support payments. Cads, yes; menaces to society, no.

Arizona spends your money at a rate of $920 per second. That's more in one minute than most Arizonans make in a year. The Goldwater Institute's Starlee Rhoades went live on Channel 3 to discuss the state's big spending.

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Phoenix--While the state is $1.5 billion in the red, it is spending your money as fast as ever.

The Goldwater Institute's Dr. Byron Schlomach went on the James Allen Show to talk about the series Thinking Economically.

The Goldwater Institute's Carrie Ann Sitren appeared live on KTVK Channel 3's Good Morning Arizona to give an update on the City of Glendale's ongoing saga with the Phoenix Coyotes--a situation the Goldwater Institute is watching very closely and has already filed suit on.

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Goldwater Institute president Darcy Olsen appeared on Arizona Illustrated with Bill Buckmaster to discuss how lawmakers can fix Arizona's structural deficit.

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