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  • Education savings accounts offer hope for special-needs kids

    Posted on June 25, 2011 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Jonathan Butcher

    Six years ago, Andrea Weck-Robertson was a single mother who wanted the best for her daughter. She struggled with her 4-year-old's special needs, including the challenges of autism and cerebral palsy. Andrea's experience with her local school convinced her that her daughter's condition was too severe for the care available.

  • The Citizen Legislature: How Reasonable Limits on State Legislative Salaries, Staff and Session Lengths Keep Liberty Alive

    Posted on June 22, 2011 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Jason Sorens

    In the last two decades, the Arizona Legislature has sent three measures to the ballot to raise legislative salaries. Only one, Proposition 302 in 1998 passed. Arizona voters have been wise. Although Arizona lawmakers are paid only $24,000 per year, often share staff, and have not had a pay raise since 1998, the state’s inadvertent frugality in this respect has helped protect freedom.

  • Federalism DIY: 10 Ways for States to Check and Balance Washington

    Posted on June 01, 2011 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Nick Dranias

    The federal government is tightening its control over the 50 states and the lives of every American. The U.S. Constitution, however, says states are supposed to be equal partners with the federal government. State sovereignty—allowing each state to control its own affairs—is the cornerstone of that equal partnership and critical to protecting Americans' freedom. Below are 10 ways local policymakers and citizens can restore that balance of power and do what's best for the people of your state.

  • Defusing the Pension Bomb: Making Retirement Plans Solvent for All Public Workers

    Posted on April 27, 2011 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Byron Schlomach

    Arizona’s current public pension systems are costly, present needless risk to taxpayers, and drain tax resources from other potential uses. If policies are not changed, taxpayers will be on the hook to pay for these bloated plans far into the future, and other government programs may have to go on the chopping block to pay for pension benefits. Young employees, part of whose salaries are funding current pensions, are also at risk of never receiving the benefits they’ve already paid for if pension funds collapse under the weight of poor policy.

  • FOIA Facts

    Posted on March 14, 2011 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Carrie Ann Sitren

    The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was a 1966 act which gave Americans increased access to federal government documents and records. It was amended in 1996 by the Electronic Freedom of Information Act amendments to provide access to this information electronically.

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