State Powers

The states are powerful enough to stand up to the federal government when it violates citizens’ rights. Learn how we can better leverage the power of states.

<p>The states are powerful enough to stand up to the federal government when it violates citizens’ rights. Learn how we can better leverage the power of states.</p>

As policymakers in Arizona decide whether or not to establish health insurance exchange, they should keep several key points in mind.

According to the Financial Times, at least one U.S. Senator has declared the nation should jump off the fiscal cliff rather than compromise on a budget that brings the national debt under control.

What happens when state law conflicts with federal law? The U.S. Supreme Court considered that issue this week in a case involving a California law that permits the use of medicinal marijuana; a federal law bans the practice.

With so many initiatives on the ballot this year, it can be hard to keep them all straight.  Here is a helpful guide you can use when casting your ballot.

Prop 114 – Goldwater Institute has No Position

Prop 114 would amend the state constitution to prevent crime victims from being subject to a legal claim for damages for causing death or injury to a person who is harmed when engaging in, attempting to engage in, or fleeing after having engaged in a felony offense.

By Kevin Mooney, The American Spectator

Until two nights ago, most voters were largely unaware of the unelected 15 member Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) created as part of Obamacare. Mitt Romney can further capitalize on his adroit performance in Wednesday's debate by focusing public attention on the power and influence of IPAB in the coming weeks.

Contact: Rob Kramer, (602) 633-8961

Phoenix, AZ—If Arizona lawmakers enact a state health insurance exchange as allowed by the federal health care law, Arizona taxpayers will be on the hook for direct subsidies to insurance companies, and employers in the state who decline to provide government-approved employee health insurance will face fines of up to $2,000 per employee annually, explains a Goldwater Institute Policy Memo released Tuesday.

By Byron Schlomach and Christina Sandefur

In the old "Star Trek" series, the USS Enterprise would prepare for enemy attacks by raising its deflector shields. Two bills just passed by the Arizona Legislature can provide a similar defense against coming assaults from the federal regulatory juggernaut.

On Constitution Day, it's all too easy to forget that the U.S. Constitution is not the only game in town. There are 50 others to be remembered. Despite our nation's limited government roots, nearly all state constitutions do a better job securing freedoms than the federal constitution.

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