A New County for the East Valley: Is Breaking Up Hard to Do?

Event Date - March 06, 2002

A Forum Sponsored by the Goldwater Institute and the East Valley Tribune

Maricopa County is larger than Massachusetts or New Jersey, and has more people than 21 states. Will a new county for the East Valley make county government more responsive to voters? Will we sacrifice economies of scale? Will the cost of government services go up or down? On March 6, a panel of policymakers and experts met for a luncheon forum to discuss the pros and cons of breaking up Maricopa County.

Panelists included:

Representative Russell Pearce, Arizona Legislature

Mayor Keno Hawker, City of Mesa

Professor Shirley Svorny, California State University, Northridge

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