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  • Miracle on Kildare Street: What Ireland's Economic Revival Means for Arizona

    Posted on March 19, 2007 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Benjamin Powell, Ph.D.

    An official from India, explaining his country's long embrace of socialism but more recent move toward free-market capitalism, provided a rather frank explanation for the change of heart: The fact is that one of the lessons you learn from history is that history sometimes teaches you the wrong lessons.

  • A Moment on the Lips, a Lifetime on the Hips

    Posted on March 06, 2007 | Type: Blog | Author: Tom Patterson

    If you wonder when looking at a restaurant menu whether the bacon cheeseburger or the garden salad would be more heart healthy, help from the government may be on the way.

  • Districts' cash pool beefs up lobby

    Posted on February 12, 2007 | Type: In the News

    East Valley school districts are spending tens of thousands of dollars to lobby the Legislature this year, in hope the lawmakers will send more of the state's precious funding their way. The Mesa Unified School District, the state's largest district, has budgeted up to $45,000 to spend on lobbying by Jaime Molera, a former state superintendent of public instruction. The district hired Molera, in part, to work with lawmakers on issues related to Career Ladder, a performance pay plan that is a large piece of how the district pays its teachers, he said.

  • Government lobbying at odds with taxpayer interests

    Posted on February 09, 2007 | Type: In the News

    Should citizens foot the bill for lobbyists? One think tank says no.

  • Red Carpet Treatment

    Posted on January 30, 2007 | Type: Blog | Author: Benjamin Barr

    The Oscars are still a month away, so here are a few awards to tide you over. Drum roll, please.­ The winners of the Golden Turkey Award for taxpayer-funded lobbying are the Department of Transportation, Maricopa County, and the City of Tucson.­ In Arizona, these three government bodies are the top-spenders of tax dollars on lobbyists.­ And while they may be winners of the Golden Turkey Award, the losers are Arizona taxpayers.­

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