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State lawmakers face contentious negotiations as they try to hash out differences between competing $10.6 billion budgets from the Legislature's two chambers.

One plans comes from Republicans in the Arizona House of Representatives with a few Democrats lending support. The other is a bipartisan deal out of the State Senate cut between Gov. Janet Napolitano and other Democrats and Republican leaders, including Senate President Tim Bee.

Taxpayers couldn't help but be impressed by Democratic criticism of the Republican fiscal foolishness during the last election campaign. The Democrats solemnly promised to restore budgetary discipline. But it looks like they were just kidding.

Phoenix--How do Arizona governors stack up against each other when it comes to spending your money? In A Comparison of State Spending Growth under Arizona Governors, Robert Robb, a founding director of the Goldwater Institute, compares state general fund spending during Governor Janet Napolitano's first term to that of the previous five Arizona governors. 

An official from India, explaining his country's long embrace of socialism but more recent move toward free-market capitalism, provided a rather frank explanation for the change of heart: The fact is that one of the lessons you learn from history is that history sometimes teaches you the wrong lessons. 


Since 2000, the Arizona state budget has grown 94 percent. Over the same time, the state's population has increased just 24 percent. At the current annual growth rate of 9.9 percent, Arizona state government will be spending an estimated $50.5 billion dollars a year by 2014. This study examines the causes of Arizona's budget growth and the potential impact on the state economy.

Private sector can help with traffic woes

Anyone who says talk is cheap hasn't hired a lobbyist lately.

Arizona governmental bodies know this well. They've been using millions of taxpayer dollars to pay lobbyists for years. Whether its fighting against tax cuts or for more government spending, government lobbyists are a powerful bunch.

Taxpayer-funded lobbying that is, government bodies lobbying other government bodies leads to fundamental problems in a free society. Government lobbyists crowd out the voice of regular Arizonans, and the practice itself grows government at a dizzying pace.

World AIDS Day was commemorated by marchers chanting no more stigma. Activists urged yet more funding for AIDS prevention and research. Common sense about AIDS, as usual, was in short supply.

Not to be high of hand, but people living in the more . . . well, benighted regions of the country outside Arizona often fail to grasp life's more complex issues.

Like the efficacy of charter schools. People who dwell in these places just don't seem to get charters.

Charter schools proliferate in Arizona as nowhere else. Over 86,000 Arizona students attend some 500 charters here. Some of the state's most academically demanding schools, like Tempe Preparatory Academy, are charters.

State spending increases $92 per second over last year