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A new national report card skewers Arizona's economy despite the state's high employment growth and population gains in recent years.
Arizona earned D grades on the economic report card published by the Corporation for Enterprise Development in all three key areas: economic performance, business vitality and development capacity for the future. Those are the same grades Arizona earned from the group last year.
PHOENIX-In an important victory for consumers and free enterprise, the U.S. Supreme Court today struck down laws in New York and Michigan that make it a crime to buy wine directly from vineyards in other states, calling such laws discriminatory and anti-competitive. The decision may render similar Arizona laws unconstitutional.
The Goldwater Institute filed an amicus brief in Granholm v. Heald, now before the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing that wine distribution laws in states such as Arizona and Michigan violate the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
Arizona wine consumers are getting the short end of the stick when it comes to buying wines they enjoy. A bizarre set of laws makes purchasing many wines impossible, despite the fact that such wines are widely available on the Internet.
In a November 2003 Goldwater Institute policy report, Mark Brnovich made the case for removing restrictions on the purchase and shipment of wine. As a follow-up to that report, this policy brief demonstrates how practical application of existing laws impedes consumer choice and hampers the free market.
PHOENIX - The Goldwater Institute received today a generous grant of $25,000 to establish the Ronald Reagan Fellows Program. The gift will allow the Goldwater Institute to provide internships to nine Reagan Fellows annually. Mr. Dean Riesen, sponsor of the new program, stated, "I am honored to present the Goldwater Institute with this gift. It is a tribute to President Reagan's faith in future generations and will help those generations carry on the great work he began."
PHOENIX-In a policy report released today, Goldwater Institute constitutional studies director Mark Brnovich urges Arizona to lift its ban prohibiting direct shipment of out-of-state wine to Arizona consumers. In his report, Trading Grapes: The Case for Direct Wine Shipments in Arizona, Brnovich explains how Arizona's ban violates the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution, raises prices, and hurts Arizona's domestic wine industry.
An old proverb holds that half a loaf is better than none. But what do you do with less than half a loaf?
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The East Valley's legislators scored well on the Goldwater Institute's 2003 Legislative Report Card, which grades legislators according to their commitment to free markets, limited government, rule of law, individual liberty, and individual responsibility.
In fact, East Valley Districts 18, 19 and 22 had the highest averages for the state. With one exception, none of those districts produced a legislator with a score lower than 60 percent, which translates to an "B-" on the Institute's (rather generous) grading scale.
"If you give a mouse a cookie," a popular children's book says, "he'll want a glass of milk."
Simply put, this is standard behavior for legislators: Afforded an inch of responsibility by voters, they soon seize a foot of authority.