The Arizona Governor’s office is up for grabs and lots of people seem to want it. As someone who enjoys suing politicians but doesn’t aspire to be one, I offer the following platform for candidates to confront the challenges and opportunities facing our state—namely, the three E’s:
Enterprise. Arizona should become the most business-friendly state in the nation, by lowering taxes and curbing unnecessary regulations and red-tape. The state should get out of the corporate welfare business, in which it tries to out-guess the market and compete with other states to see who can give away the most taxpayer money to attract the latest hot industry. Instead, a level playing field hospitable to all businesses will not only attract and retain big corporations but will nurture entrepreneurs and small businesses, which are the economy’s catalysts.
Education. As my colleague Matt Ladner has chronicled, Arizona’s public education system is dragging down the state, our children, and our future. We need fundamental stem-to-stern reform that uses technology to provide the best individualized education to every child. Charter schools, distance learning, performance-based pay, expanded parental choice, and transforming school districts and education bureaucrats into service providers are key components of comprehensive reform that can lead the nation.
Efficiency. Our state’s budget crisis teaches us that we must reform government to prevent such crises from ever happening again. Privatization of government services, ensuring that future spending will not exceed population growth plus inflation, adopting a balanced budget requirement, and greater fiscal transparency at every level of government are steps we should take now to ensure future fiscal responsibility.
The governor that pursues these three E’s will propel our state toward greatness while preserving our freedom.
Clint Bolick is director of the Goldwater Institute Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation.
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