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PHOENIX-The Goldwater Institute today released its third annual Legislative Report Card, the state's most comprehensive analysis of the voting records of all Arizona legislators. The report card uses an objective scoring system to determine how well each legislator has respected and advanced the enumerated rights of the people consistent with the Arizona Constitution.
Phoenix--The 2006 legislative session opened today with the Governors annual State of the State Address, during which the Governor identified budget and policy priorities for this year, most of which call for a larger and more expensive state government. The Goldwater Institute offers 100 ideas for 100 days that will instead allow for growth in the private sector.
PHOENIX-At midnight tonight, the start of fiscal year 2006, the new online Arizona Spending Watch will spring into action, showing how quickly state government spends its $23.4 billion budget.* A joint project of the Goldwater Institute and the Arizona Free Enterprise Club, the Arizona Spending Watch reveals an average expenditure rate of $742 per second.
PHOENIX-The Goldwater Institute today released its second annual Legislative Report Card, a comprehensive analysis of the voting records of all Arizona legislators. The report card assigns a letter grade to each legislator based on how well their votes advanced economic freedom, personal responsibility, and constitutional government.
PHOENIX -- In a policy brief released today, the Goldwater Institute revealed numbers showing that the light rail project proposed by the Maricopa Association of Governments will be a highly inefficient use of public resources, ineffective at reducing traffic congestion and pollution, and unfair to county taxpayers. The brief highlights findings from a study by Phoenix transportation expert John Semmens, which will be released January 8, 2004, at a policy forum co-sponsored by the Goldwater Institute and the East Valley Tribune.
PHOENIX-In a study released today by the Goldwater Institute, Harvard/MIT Data Center fellow Michael J. New reports that Colorado's Taxpayer Bill of Rights has been the most effective expenditure limit enacted in any state during the last three decades. "Enacting a Colorado-style constitutional amendment is Arizona's best hope to restrain spending, generate tax relief, and help prevent future fiscal crises of the kind that have plagued the state during the last two years," Dr. New states.
Phoenix, AZ-The Nobel Foundation announced today that George Mason University economist Vernon L. Smith will be awarded the 2002 Nobel Prize in Economics for his pioneering work in the field of Experimental Economics. Smith is a member of the Academic Advisory Council for the Goldwater Institute, a Phoenix-based free market think-tank.
In the next few weeks, expect to hear a lot of boo-hoos coming out of City Hall as Phoenix leaders take a chainsaw to their budget. Apparently, slashing and hacking will be involved, which means libraries, parks.
You know, the stuff people care about.
Me? I'd start with the lawyers. Specifically, I'd start with the $450-an-hour guys the city has hired to protect its $100 million handout to a Chicago-based developer.
This, so the company will build a shopping center at the economically depressed corner of 56th Street and Loop 101.