Airing Out the Smoke-filled Rooms: Bringing Transparency to Public Union Collective BargainingPosted on January 17, 2013 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Nick Dranias
When total secrecy in negotiations is combined with laws forcing government employers to engage in collective bargaining—often euphemistically called “meet and confer”—government unions are free to deploy maximum leverage in negotiations—consisting of political pressure and monopoly power—while hiding from any meaningful oversight. It is no wonder that the Bureau of Labor Statistics has most recently reported that state and local government employees make nearly 43 percent more per hour on average in total compensation than private sector workers. Even when controlling for similar occupations and skills, Arizona pays its employees average hourly total compensation that is nearly 20 percent more than what is paid to private sector workers.
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.