No government has ever spent its way to prosperity. Our proposals help governments be fiscally responsible so citizens can be prosperous.
You've undoubtedly heard of the "Happy Canadian." Maybe you know one. These are the Canadian ex-pats who tell us how wonderful the Canadian health care system really is. They were invariably treated without delay, had access to all the finest medical technology and, best of all, it was free.
Ten years ago, the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), Arizona’s free health care system for low income people, cost taxpayers $506 million, 8 percent of the state’s general fund spending. Today, AHCCCS will cost taxpayers almost $1.4 billion, more than 16 percent of the state’s general fund spending. While AHCCCS spending has almost tripled, total state spending has risen by one third.
I always have resisted the label "conservative" because it connotes "status quo" and I have always fought for change. Of late, I haven't much wanted to be in the company of some who call themselves conservatives, particularly those who created massive new entitlements, engaged in reckless spending and earmarks, or sought to destroy capitalism in order to save it.
Unsustainable spending threatens city finances across the country. Filing bankruptcy would allow cities to cut their spending by getting out from underneath unsustainable payroll obligations. That means public employees would likely lose a portion of their retirement and health care benefits.
Have you ever wondered why diamonds cost so much more than water? After all, you need water to live, to bathe, to grow food, to cook, and to wash the car, but you don't need diamonds. Sure they're shiny and pretty, but if you were lost in the scorching desert you wouldn't be looking for a princess cut in a solitaire setting. So why is a one-carat diamond so much more expensive than one gallon of water?
Governor Jan Brewer has declared that one of her priorities in the coming session is to pay down the state’s debt. The idea, mirrored by leadership proposals in the state house and senate, is both timely and refreshingly frank.
Promises of reduced spending swept dozens of self-proclaimed conservatives into power during the 2010 congressional elections. What did they do? They gave President Obama the power to lift the federal debt limit, twice failed to move a Balanced Budget Amendment proposal out of the House and promised spending cuts that look increasingly illusory.
PHOENIX — Calling it an unconstitutional giveaway that harms taxpayers and takes police resources off the streets, two Phoenix residents today filed suit against the City of Phoenix and the city’s largest police union, seeking to end the widespread practice of allowing public-sector employees to do union work while on the city payroll.
Working with the Goldwater Institute, William R. Cheatham and Marcus Huey filed suit in Maricopa County Superior Court.
In September, my colleague Mark Flatten released an investigative report showing that Phoenix and other Arizona cities spend millions of dollars every year to pay employees to perform union work on city time. Less than three months later, we are going to court on behalf of Phoenix taxpayers to put an end to the practice of union “release time.”
On November 10, 2011, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker keynoted the Goldwater Institute Annual Dinner.