Phoenix -- Goldwater Institute President Darcy Olsen received the State Policy Network (SPN) 2006 Roe Award. Ms. Olsen was awarded the prestigious award during the 14th Annual Roe Award Banquet in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, last Friday.
The Roe Award, named after SPN founder Thomas A. Roe, Jr., honors achievement in promoting free enterprise and limited state government. SPN President Tracie Sharpe says, "The annual Roe Award is a tribute to an individual in the state public policy movement who has a passion for liberty, a willingness to work for it, and noteworthy achievement in turning dreams into realities." The award is a crystal eagle, the symbol of liberty and the conviction necessary for its preservation.
On receiving the award, Darcy Olsen said, "It is an honor to receive the Roe Award from the State Policy Network, which has done so much to expand freedom and opportunity in America."
Under Ms. Olsen's leadership, the Goldwater Institute has become Arizona's largest privately funded policy research organization and a trusted resource for policymakers. Its recent research has informed important legislative initiatives and laws including the nation's first school choice program for foster children and tax cuts.
The Goldwater Institute is supported entirely by voluntary contributions and works on behalf of Arizonans to expand school choice, restore economic freedom, and limit the reach of government. The Goldwater Institute issues nearly 300 policy articles and a dozen policy reports each year. In 2007, the Institute will begin a Spanish language outreach program and open a new litigation center.
SPN is the professional service organization for America's state-based, free market think tank community. Each year it recognizes an individual for their leadership, innovation, and accomplishment in public policy at the state level.