Saving with Systemic ChangePosted on March 04, 2009 | Type: Policy Report
The state budget crisis is estimated to be at least $3 billion for fiscal year 2010, and perhaps reach $4 billion. When facing a 40 percent General Fund shortfall, reducing spending by 2 or 3 percent in some of the state's biggest budget areas won't even begin to make a dent. The Goldwater Institute proposes 16 systemic changes that will save the state money now and bolster the private economy in the long term.
How to Restructure Arizona's Tax Code: A Smarter, Flatter Tax Plan to Create JobsPosted on February 24, 2009 | Type: Policy Report
Arizona's recent economic record has been impressive. Over the past 10 years, Arizona has been the third fastest-growing state in the country on average, Arizona's annual economic growth rate has been 1.6 percentage points faster than the national average. Job growth has been impressive, too. Nonfarm payroll employment grew over 33 percent, the second-fastest payroll employment growth in the country among all the states.
Removing the Middleman: What States Can Do to Make Health Care More Responsive to PatientsPosted on January 13, 2009 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Byron Schlomach
It is no secret that the American health care system suffers from high costs, lack of access, and uneven quality. Many, if not most, of these problems stem from a dramatic rise in the cost of health care driven by the third-party payer system.
A Fresh Start for Arizona: Proposals for Closing a Billion-Dollar Budget GapPosted on December 18, 2008 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Byron Schlomach
Arizona is in the midst of a budget crisis. The state government is on track to overspend its current revenues by an unprecedented $1.2 billion in the current fiscal year. Although a more than 13 percent spending/revenue gap should be considered a critical issue worthy of immediate attention, the last budget was adopted even as there were clear signs that revenues could not keep up. This means that when the legislature meets in January 2009, it will have to take immediate action to avoid a financial catastrophe.
Mission Unaccomplished: The Misplaced Priorities of the Maricopa County Sheriff's OfficePosted on December 02, 2008 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Clint Bolick
The Maricopa County Sheriffs Office is responsible for vitally important law-enforcement functions in one of the largest counties in the nation. It defines its core missions as law-enforcement services, support services, and detention.