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.
Phoenix Arizona's budget deficit keeps growing with each passing day and money-saving ideas are needed now more than ever. Last month Governor Napolitano went so far as to set up a website to solicit ideas from the public on how the state can save money. The Goldwater Institute is answering the call with "100 Ideas for 100 Days."
Arizona is awash in federal money. In fiscal year (FY) 2007, Arizona received close to $8.5 billion in federal funds. This money funds programs that most Arizonans are familiar with, such as Medicaid and the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). Even though the inflow of federal dollars appears attractive, there is a catch: As federal dollars flow in, state dollars are fixed to ever-growing demands connected to these programs. In 2000, the State of Arizona used general funds at close to $463 million for Medicaid alone. By 2005, that figure had risen to $914 million, and it is projected to grow to $1.3 billion in FY 2008.
Starlee Rhoades discusses several topics including Sheriff Joe's trip to Honduras, the taxpayer subsidized Cactus League and the state's budget deficit on the Sunday Square Off.
Governor Napolitano's State of the State address promises big programs despite a $1 billion state deficit.
Despite a $1 billion deficit facing Arizona, Governor Napolitano's State of the State address promised more government spending, including free tuition at Arizona's colleges and universities to in-state students earning a B average or better. Listen to Darcy Olsen discuss Governor Napolitano's State of the State address on KNST with Jim Parisi.
Phoenix--A poll released today by the Goldwater Institute shows Hispanics in Arizona overwhelmingly support school choice measures that have been routinely opposed by the Hispanic Caucus. 82 percent of Hispanic adults support expanding to all students Arizonas current laws that provide private school tuition scholarships for disabled children and those in foster care. Last year, 14 of 16 members of the Hispanic Caucus voted against those two measures.