Key Points on Health Insurance ExchangesPosted on November 15, 2012 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Christina Sandefur
As policymakers in Arizona decide whether or not to establish health insurance exchange, they should keep several key points in mind.
Increasing Entrepreneurship is a Key to Lowering Poverty RatesPosted on November 13, 2012 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Stephen Slivinski
During the economic boom of the 2000s, poverty rates declined in many states. Yet some states were more effective at getting the poverty rate down than others. While there has been much analysis of why some states are more successful than others, what’s been missing is a discussion of the role of entrepreneurs in the process. This paper suggests that economic freedom and entrepreneurship are keys to escaping poverty for many.
Education Savings Accounts: A Path to Give All Children an Effective Education and Prepare Them for LifePosted on October 30, 2012 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Jonathan Butcher
All parents want an effective school for their child. But no parent should have to take the drastic steps that Yolanda Miranda took to give her children a chance at a good education: Yolanda went to jail and was charged with grand larceny for sending her children to better schools in their grandmother’s district instead of their assigned schools.
Lessons from Texas on Building an Economically Healthier ArizonaPosted on October 17, 2012 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Byron Schlomach
During the recent recession, the experience of Texas provides a marked contrast to that of Arizona. Arizona’s gross domestic product (GDP) fell at more than double the rate in the nation while Texas’s GDP barely fell at all. Texas’s employment in 2011 was at an all-time high and even greater than in 2007; by contrast, Arizona’s total employment in 2011 was 10 percent below its peak. Although most of the nation has seen hard times like Arizona has since 2007, Arizona’s economic challenges did not begin with the Great Recession. In fact, Arizona’s inflation-adjusted per capita income has lagged the nation’s for decades and stands steady at around 87 percent of the national level. While Arizona’s per capita personal income growth was fifth lowest among the states, Texas’s was seventh highest despite a large influx of people without jobs.
The Myth of Education Cuts and Why Money Can't Buy an A+Posted on October 11, 2012 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Jonathan Butcher
A popular myth claims we severely underfund schools in Arizona. For years, teachers unions and other education interest groups have led a successful “crusade” in the media and the state capitol to spread this idea. “We have reduced education funding levels to the point where they’re really not sustainable for our students and our teachers,” says Ann-Eve Pedersen, who is leading a voter initiative to raise taxes to increase education funding.