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  • States Can Save Taxpayers $609 Billion

    Posted on April 30, 2013 | Type: In the News | Author: Christina Corieri

    State governments generally don't have much of an impact on the federal budget. But there was a gift for fiscally conservative state lawmakers tucked into last summer's U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act. In National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, the court ruled that Congress cannot coerce states into expanding Medicaid by threatening to withhold federal dollars for a state's existing program. This ruling effectively gave state policy makers the unique opportunity to veto hundreds of billions of dollars in new federal spending.

  • Standing on principle can be costly

    Posted on April 15, 2013 | Type: In the News | Author: Byron Schlomach

    In the debate over Medicaid expansion, the ace up the sleeve of expansion advocates is federal largesse. The federal health care law requires states to eventually cover 10 percent of the cost of expanding Medicaid eligibility; but for the next three years 100 percent of the cost is covered by the federal treasury.

  • With Vouchers, States Shift Aid for Schools to Families

    Posted on March 27, 2013 | Type: In the News

    A growing number of lawmakers across the country are taking steps to redefine public education, shifting the debate from the classroom to the pocketbook. Instead of simply financing a traditional system of neighborhood schools, legislators and some governors are headed toward funneling public money directly to families, who would be free to choose the kind of schooling they believe is best for their children, be it public, charter, private, religious, online or at home.

  • How About a Catalog of Which School Choice Options Are (and Are Not) Available?

    Posted on March 19, 2013 | Type: In the News

    Arizona has among the widest menu of schools, non-schools and creative approaches for absorbing information in the country. But finding out about some of these options can be challenging, since there's no source for one-stop shopping. Enter the Goldwater Institute, which has published A Parent's Guide to School Choice to close the information gap.

  • Warming to a Balanced Budget Amendment at CPAC

    Posted on March 15, 2013 | Type: In the News

    Will a balanced budget amendment advance the cause of limited government and constrain spending? This question was explored during a panel discussion at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) yesterday moderated by Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform (AFT).

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