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.
Does Charter School Attendance Improve Test Scores? The Arizona ResultsPosted on March 16, 2001 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Kern Paark
Since the first two charter schools opened in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1992, a reliable study of the effects of charter school attendance on student achievement has been called for. The question in evaluating the effects of charter school attendance is whether charter school students perform better or worse, on average, than similar students in traditional public schools (TPS).