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  • Cutting up the Credit Cards: Seven Ideas to Reform the Culture of Debt in State and Local Government

    Posted on August 30, 2012 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Stephen Slivinski

    Arizona’s constitutional drafters early in the 20th century were averse to public debt and to the tendency of government to use subsidies favor certain private interests. As a result, Arizona has a constitutional debt limit that limits state debt to $350,000—roughly $8 million in today’s dollars. But that limit is not effective at actually limiting debt. Today, state-level bonded indebtedness equals $13.7 billion. All levels of government in Arizona have outstanding debt in one form or another in the combined amount of at least $44 billion and possibly as high as $51 billion.

  • Healthcare Freedom Act: More Important than Ever

    Posted on August 16, 2012 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Clint Bolick

    Several states have added a Health Care Freedom Act to their constitutions, with several more states contemplating doing so through voter measures on the November 2012 ballot. Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in NFIB v. Sebelius, the adoption and deployment of the Health Care Freedom Act will be a vitally important tool in protecting individual autonomy.

  • 2012 Legislative Report Card for Arizona

    Posted on August 15, 2012 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Nick Dranias

    The annual Goldwater Institute Legislative Report Card scores Arizona lawmakers on their support of principles of limited constitutional government. Each piece of legislation is assessed in one of four categories for whether it expands liberty consistent with the Arizona Constitution, or restricts liberty.

  • Six Reforms to Occupational Licensing Laws to Increase Jobs and Lower Costs

    Posted on July 10, 2012 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Byron Schlomach

    Do you have a love of fabric, furniture, and a talent for decorating? In a few states, unless you have a license, it’s tough luck if you want to start a decorating business. Most states actually have laws that limit the use of the title “interior designer.”

  • The Independent Payment Advisory Board: PPACA's Anti-Constitutional and Authoritarian Super-Legislature

    Posted on June 14, 2012 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Diane Cohen

    When a member of Congress introduces legislation, the Constitution requires that legislative proposal to secure the approval of the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the president (unless Congress overrides a presidential veto) before it can become law. In all cases, either chamber of Congress may block it.

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