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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.
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.
Goldwater Institute president Darcy Olsen appeared on Arizona Illustrated with Bill Buckmaster to discuss how lawmakers can fix Arizona's structural deficit.
When faced with complex problems, Americans often ask for “the bottom line.” We want to know what is clear, definite, and largely indisputable.
Should lawmakers make larger cuts to other areas of state government or perhaps raise taxes to preserve as much state money as possible for universities? A Republic editorial recently made that case, but I beg to differ.
The Republic focused on research being conducted at Arizona universities, citing work to develop artificial limbs and algae-based fuels, and tracking near-Earth meteors as examples of critical work that must continue despite the financial crisis facing this state.