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  • A New Charter for American Cities: 10 Rights to Restrain Government and Protect Freedom

    Posted on March 11, 2009 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Nick Dranias

    Legitimate governments are meant to secure liberty. Local governments are no exception. That's why this report recommends adopting and enforcing the first principles of legitimate government at the local level. It provides the theoretical basis for advancing a judicially enforceable set of individual rights, as opposed to simply relying on local political processes to achieve reform. And it furnishes a road map for legislatively implementing the recommended reforms. In so doing, the proposed Local Liberty Charter aims to restrain out-of-control local government growth.

  • Saving with Systemic Change

    Posted 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 Jobs

    Posted 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 Patients

    Posted 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 Gap

    Posted 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.

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