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  • The Wages of Sin - What to Do with the Tobacco Settlement

    Posted on February 01, 2000 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Robert J. Franciosi

    In 1998 the attorneys general of 46 states, the District of Columbia and various territories signed an unprecedented settlement agreement with the five major tobacco companies. The terms of the settlement put curbs on the companies' ability to market, advertise, sponsor, lobby and engage in trade association activities. It also forces cigarette makers to pay a record financial recovery, including paying an estimated $196 billion to the states over the first 25 years of the settlement. Arizona's share is an estimate $100 million per year.

  • School Finance Primer - A Taxpayer's Guide to Public School Finance

    Posted on February 01, 2000 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Mary Gifford

    Arizona's school finance system is arguably one of the most complex in the United States. Over the years, both the Arizona Tax Research Association (ATRA) and the Goldwater Institute have made efforts to keep taxpayers and policy makers up to date or to introduce them to the major moving parts of this rather involved topic.

  • Help Wanted: Good Teachers -- What do schools need to do to find good teachers?

    Posted on January 01, 2000 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Karla Esparza

    Fifteen years ago, the United States was declared "A Nation At Risk" by the National Commission on Excellence in Education. The alarm was sounded, but fifteen years later many feel that the outlook is still grim. In the recent Third International Mathematics and Science Study, American 12th graders ranked 19th out of 21 participating nations in mathematics; 16th out of 21 nations in science; 15th out of 16.

  • Public Transit: Worthwhile Investment? - Revised and Expanded

    Posted on December 01, 1999 | Type: Policy Report | Author: John Semmens

    Should taxpayers be asked to pay more to fund expansions in existing public transit? That is the question facing city governments throughout the Phoenix metropolitan region. While proponents of increased funding of transit are doing their best to promote such tax increases, municipal government would do well to consider the implications before rushing to board the transit "bandwagon". An objective analysis of these implications indicates that the costs appear to far outweigh the benefits.

  • Grand Canyon Transportation Planning: The Railroading of Visitors

    Posted on October 15, 1999 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Dennis Foster

    The National Park Service (NPS) has spent years designing and redesigning transportation plans for Grand Canyon National Park. The current state of these plans calls for a light rail system to be used to shuttle visitors into and out of the park. The stated goal of the transit system is "to provide more convenient access to the park than is now experienced." The premise is that the quality of the visitors' experience is currently being degraded not only by increasing congestion, but by the mere presence of the internal combustion engine.

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