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  • Does Spending on Higher Education Drive Economic Growth? 20 Years of Evidence Reviewed

    Posted on May 12, 2003 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Jon Sanders

    At a time when every dollar counts, appropriation decisions must be based on fact, not fiction-no matter how noble the fiction. Arizona's taxpayers subsidize the estimated 6.8 percent of residents enrolled in the state's two-year and four-year colleges and universities. Taxpayers also subsidize the one-third of enrollees who are nonresidents. What is the return on this investment?

  • Tax and Expenditure Limitations: What Arizona Can Learn from Other States

    Posted on April 21, 2003 | Type: Policy Report

    Excess spending, not a revenue shortage, has created Arizona's mounting budget shortfall. During the 1990s, the legislature spent two of every three dollars in new revenue, and sent only one dollar in new revenue back to taxpayers. In fact, general fund spending doubled between 1990 and 2000.

  • A Test of Fire: Rural/Metro and the Future of Fire Services in Scottsdale

    Posted on April 07, 2003 | Type: Policy Report | Author: David Dodenhoff

    In a special election set for May 20, 2003, Scottsdale voters will determine whether the city should create a publicly run, municipal fire department, or continue its contract with Rural/Metro Corporation, the private company that has provided Scottsdale's fire service since 1951.

  • Race and Disability: Racial Bias in Arizona Special Education

    Posted on March 31, 2003 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Matthew Ladner

    The federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), designed to prevent the neglect and segregation of special education students, has resulted in the neglect and segregation of even larger student populations of minorities nationwide, including Arizona. The culprit: Perverse financial incentives to classify children as "learning disabled" when in fact they are "learning deficient," meaning they require remedial reading instruction, not special education programs.

  • 42 Ideas for a Free and Prosperous Arizona

    Posted on January 24, 2003 | Type: Policy Report

    In the 1980's TV series, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, galactic explorer Arthur Dent discovers that the ultimate answer to "life, the universe, and everything" is the number 42. While we can't claim to have solved the deep mysteries of the cosmos, we are confident that the 42 ideas presented here have the power to expand freedom and prosperity in our corner of the world. In this report, the staff and scholars of the Goldwater Institute offer dozens of specific ideas for the legislature to consider in crafting state policy this year, and beyond.

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