Learning from Experience: How the States Used Article V Applications in America's First Century (Part 2 in a Series)Posted on November 04, 2010 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Robert G. Natelson
In the face of growing federal power and mounting deficits, some want states to call for a convention for proposing amendments to the U.S. Constitution that would rein in the federal government. Article V of the Constitution authorizes states to initiate amendments with a convention. Critics claim no one really knows how the process works and calling a convention would open the door to mischief by Congress, the courts, and convention delegates. But states frequently applied for an amendments convention between 1789 and 1913. A study of that history reveals much about how states can - and cannot - use the Article V process today.
Amending the Constitution by Convention: A Complete View of the Founders Plan (Part 1 in a Series)Posted on September 16, 2010 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Robert G. Natelson
Americans are increasingly questioning - and resisting - the endless growth of the federal government. Part of this resistance finds voice in efforts to enforce state sovereignty through litigation and legislation such as the Health Care Freedom Act and the Firearms Freedom Act. Measures such as these protect existing, fundamental rights from erosion at the federal level. But the growing discontent has also reignited interest in an even more direct route for the people and the states to regain control over the federal government - the Article V constitutional amendment process.
2010 Legislative Report Card for Arizona's Forty-Ninth Legislature, Second Regular SessionPosted on August 19, 2010 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Nick Dranias
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
Administrative Bloat at American Universities: The Real Reason for High Costs in Higher EducationPosted on August 17, 2010 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Jay P. Greene
Enrollment at America’s leading universities has been increasing dramatically, rising nearly 15 percent between 1993 and 2007. But unlike almost every other growing industry, higher education has not become more efficient. Instead, universities now have more administrative employees and spend more on administration to educate each student. In short, universities are suffering from “administrative bloat,” expanding the resources devoted to administration significantly faster than spending on instruction, research and service.
On the Road to Excellence: Next Steps to Match Florida's Success in Educating ChildrenPosted on June 15, 2010 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Matthew Ladner
Arizona had a breakthrough in 2010 that could end years of frustration about the state’s relatively low academic achievement. The Arizona Legislature this year adopted new reforms for K-12 public education that combine accountability, transparency and parental choice. Lawmakers modeled these changes on innovations first launched in Florida that have raised the average reading test scores for that state’s fourth-grade students by two entire grade levels over the past decade.