It All Adds Up: Unnecessary Spending in the Arizona BudgetPosted on May 02, 2002 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Stephen Slivinski
The primary cause of this year's fiscal deficit is excessive government spending. State spending has grown far more than needed to keep pace with Arizona's growing population. Whereas population has grown by only 36 percent, government spending has grown by 63 percent. Contrary to some reports in the media and the legislature, the mild recession has not left the state withering on the vine. The current state budget is the largest in Arizona's history.
Is Cleanliness Political Godliness?: Arizona's Clean Elections Law after Its First YearPosted on November 30, 2001 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Robert J. Franciosi
In 1998, Arizona voters passed the Citizens Clean Elections Act. Its purpose was to eliminate the alleged deleterious effect of private money on state politics: the influence of private contributions on elected officials and the advantages enjoyed by candidates with large campaign chests. The Citizens Clean Elections Act established an optional system of public campaign finance for those people seeking state offices.
Put a Cap on It: How to Control Government Spending and Balance the BudgetPosted on November 15, 2001 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Stephen Slivinski
Arizona is facing a $675 million budget deficit this year. This budget crisis is a product of irresponsible and out-of-control government spending during previous years. If the state budget had grown no faster than the rate of population growth plus inflation since 1995, the budget would be $650 million smaller this year. To balance the budget, the state legislature must cut spending to that level during a special session that will begin on November 13. The rest of the budget gap could be covered by transfers from Arizona's $350 million rainy day fund.
The Economic Effects of Increasing Competition in Long Distance Telecommunications Service in ArizonaPosted on November 01, 2001 | Type: Policy Report | Author: David W. Sosa
As a fragment of the former Bell system and the incumbent provider of local telephone service, Qwest is specifically prohibited by federal law from providing long distance telecommunications service in areas where it has traditionally offered local service. This means that it cannot provide voice and data service between Arizona and New Mexico, for example, nor between Phoenix and Tucson for that matter. To enter these markets, Qwest must obtain permission from state and federal regulators.
Guidelines for Analyzing Arizona Ballot PropositionsPosted on September 01, 2001 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Karen Glennon
Thomas Jefferson said there is "no safer depository of the ultimate power of society but the people themselves." Initiative and referendum is the means by which ultimate political power is retained by the citizens. It is a reminder that in our republican form of government nothing is more sacred than the right and freedom to govern ourselves. In its purest form is a powerful tool for defending liberty and restraining tyranny.