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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.

Watch it here

Phoenix—On January 1, millions of Americans resolved to get out of debt. A new report from the Goldwater Institute shows that state and local governments need to join the crowd.

Phoenix--Today the Goldwater Institute released its 2010 "100 Ideas for 100 Days," an annual handbook designed to provide Arizona's elected officials with a stable of ideas to help meet their constitutional obligation to protect individual rights and promote limited government.

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.