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  • $742 per Second: Arizona Spending Watch to Show Speed of State Government Spending

    Posted on June 30, 2005 | Type: Press Release

    PHOENIX-At midnight tonight, the start of fiscal year 2006, the new online Arizona Spending Watch will spring into action, showing how quickly state government spends its $23.4 billion budget.* A joint project of the Goldwater Institute and the Arizona Free Enterprise Club, the Arizona Spending Watch reveals an average expenditure rate of $742 per second.

  • Supreme Court Abandons Constitutional Limit on Government Power:

    Posted on June 23, 2005 | Type: Press Release

    PHOENIX - The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled that the U.S. Constitution does not protect property owners from government seizures for redevelopment purposes.

  • Governor's Budget Grows Four Times Faster than Population Base

    Posted on May 20, 2005 | Type: Press Release

    PHOENIX-The $8.2 billion budget signed today by Gov. Janet Napolitano is a 12 percent increase over last year's budget, a growth rate more than four times higher than the population growth rate of 2.6 percent. Excessive spending that outpaces the population means individual taxpayers shoulder a larger tax burden and sets the state up for fiscal crisis in times of economic slowdown.

  • U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Consumers: May Render Arizona Wine Distribution Regulations Unconstitutional

    Posted on May 16, 2005 | Type: Press Release

    PHOENIX-In an important victory for consumers and free enterprise, the U.S. Supreme Court today struck down laws in New York and Michigan that make it a crime to buy wine directly from vineyards in other states, calling such laws discriminatory and anti-competitive. The decision may render similar Arizona laws unconstitutional.

  • Condemned to Repeat History

    Posted on May 06, 2005 | Type: Press Release | Author: Mark Brnovich

    In 1998, the City of Tempe and America West Airlines entered into an agreement to redevelop part of downtown Tempe. The city agreed to convey property to America West for free and then pay America West approximately $15 million over twenty years. In return, America West pledged to develop the property and convey ownership of the improvements back to the city. Tempe agreed to then lease the property back to America West.

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