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  • 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 Session

    Posted 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 Education

    Posted 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 Children

    Posted 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.

  • Rediscovering the ACC's Roots: Returning to the Original Purpose of the Arizona Corporation Commission

    Posted on May 18, 2010 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Benjamin Barr

    The Arizona Corporation Commission was established through the state constitution to regulate corporations, public utilities, securities, and other investments. But in an unprecedented move, the Arizona Corporation Commission sought to single-handedly determine alternative energy policy in Arizona with a bold and unconstitutional energy mandate in 2006. This mandate forced energy producers to embrace state-favored alternatives instead of deciding for themselves which options are most attractive in Arizona.

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