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  • Ghost Busters: How to Save $125 Million a Year in Arizona's Education Budget

    Posted on May 21, 2012 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Jonathan Butcher

    Around the country, school finance formulas and accounting systems are notoriously complex. Arizona’s system is no exception. For many years, Arizona’s program was considered one of the nation’s most difficult to understand.

  • Debt and Taxes: Recommendations for Reform

    Posted on April 04, 2012 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Stephen Slivinski

    Arizonans, through their state and local governments, are in debt to the tune of $66.5 billion. That’s over $10,000 for every man, woman, and child in the state. To put that in perspective, the average person’s income in Arizona is less than $36,000 per year.

  • A Pound of Cure: How Academic Detailing Could Limit Access to Pharmaceuticals

    Posted on March 27, 2012 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Byron Schlomach

    Pharmaceutical sales are coming under criticism based on what appear to be legitimate but rare abuses of pharmaceutical salespeople promising more from a drug than they should and doctors allowing themselves to be pressured into prescribing. Unfortunately, these isolated incidents are being held up as evidence of the need for vast new government intrusion and regulation of the pharmaceutical industry’s marketing practices. While certainly well intentioned, these efforts are likely to negatively affect doctors and patients.

  • Education Savings Accounts: Questions and Answers

    Posted on March 12, 2012 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Jonathan Butcher

    Education Savings Accounts were signed into law by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer in April 2011 and expanded in May 2012. The program opens a new frontier for education reform because parents have more options for their children with these savings accounts than under any other education reform initiative in American history. For the first time, parents can use formula funding from the state to customize their child’s education.

  • Tax Credit Scholarships: Questions and Answers

    Posted on March 06, 2012 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Jonathan Butcher

    Arizona operates three tax credit scholarship programs. Under these programs, individuals or businesses can donate money to school tuition organizations (STOs). These organizations award private school scholarships to students in grades K-12. Individuals and businesses can take a tax credit equal to their donation within certain limits when they file their taxes.

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