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Charter Schools Outperforming Traditional CounterpartsPosted on May 22, 2013 | Type: Press Release
In a new report released Wednesday, Goldwater Institute education director Jonathan Butcher documents the successes of charter schools in Arizona. The report recommends several key reforms to ensure that charter schools can continue to flourish over the next 20 years, including safeguarding against government red tape and ensuring they have access to underused traditional school facilities.
Fixing Federal Debt is Up to the StatesPosted on April 25, 2013 | Type: Press Release
In a policy report released this week, Goldwater Institute Director of Policy Development Nick Dranias proposes the Compact for America, an interstate compact concept to advance a balanced budget amendment through state legislatures. If approved by 38 states, the Compact would require the federal government to obtain the approval of the majority of legislatures to green light any increase above an initial debt limit. In other words, 26 states would have to cosign for the federal government’s credit card.
Media Advisory: Board of Cosmetology Will Cease Regulating Small BusinesswomanPosted on April 24, 2013 | Type: Press Release
A cancer survivor and former hospice nurse’s assistant, Boice founded Angels on Earth Home Beauty, a dispatch-service to connect homebound elderly and ill clients with licensed cosmetologists who can perform haircuts, manicures or massages right in the clients’ own homes. In a classic story of government run amok, the Arizona Board of Cosmetology began threatening to shut down Boice’s business unless she complied with regulations designed for beauty salons, not home visits. The Board even demanded she open a physical salon location even though her homebound clients would never step foot inside. In the legally binding settlement agreement filed with the court, the Board agrees to stop requiring Lauren to comply with these regulations and promises it will not to regulate business people like her in the future.
Media Advisory: Ruling Halts Taxpayer-Funded Union ActivismPosted on April 23, 2013 | Type: Press Release
Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Katherine Cooper granted a preliminary injunction Tuesday against the practice of “release time” in a Phoenix labor contract with the local police union, the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association (PLEA). Release time is a provision in government labor contracts allowing public employees to collect taxpayer-funded salaries and benefits while being "released" to do union work, including lobbying, electioneering, and other forms of political activism.
Overestimating Tax Revenue Hurts Vulnerable PopulationsPosted on April 10, 2013 | Type: Press Release
If you lost your job today, would you go on a spending spree like there was no tomorrow? Of course you wouldn’t. Yet that’s exactly what state policymakers chose to do with state coffers when the recession hit and they failed to face up to the economic downturn, continuing to accept sunny revenue forecasts that never came to be.