No government has ever spent its way to prosperity. Our proposals help governments be fiscally responsible so citizens can be prosperous.
Our view: Prenatal and delivery care, as well as contraception, should include as many Arizona women as possible
The state health plan paid the medical bills for 52 percent of births in Arizona last year, a solid investment in public health. But the system has holes that, if fixed, could help reduce that number.
Pima County officials say they hope to keep spring training here for years to come, but if deals like Glendale's are the new price of doing business with Major League Baseball, they'll pass.
"This is one we would say no to," said County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry of the deal Glendale has offered to lure the Chicago White Sox from Tucson Electric Park and the Los Angeles Dodgers from their spring training home in Florida.
Efforts are under way to ban state universities and agencies, city governments, school districts and other public employers from hiring private lobbyists to do their bidding at the state Capitol, in Washington, D.C., and city halls across Arizona.
Advocates of the ban say taxpayer dollars and public money should not be used to hire private lobbyists. Critics maintain it leads to out-of-control government spending and undue influence on public policy.
"I feel it is a misuse of taxpayers' money," said state Rep. Nancy Barto, R-Phoenix.
Talk of the Town: Special to the Courier
Is our state government breaking the piggy bank?
Archimedes "Archie" Fraijo still considers Franklin D. Roosevelt a personal hero for trying to soften the blows of the Great Depression.
Others today, however, consider Roosevelt the president who steered the nation toward socialism. The argument that began in the 1930s about the government's proper role in national economic affairs is as hot today as it was seven decades ago.
As Arizona's governor and the Legislature battle over how to balance the state budget in the wake of huge revenue shortfalls, it would be a good idea for them to look toward the northeast.
Unlike Arizona, and many other states, Colorado isn't having a big budget problem. In fact, residents of that state actually received tax rebates in 1997 and 2002 totaling $3.2 billion.
Arizona residents could save more than $300 million yearly if given a chance to purchase automobiles directly from manufacturers, according to the Goldwater Institute's "42 Ideas for a Free and Prosperous Arizona."
The institute, named for the late senator, occasionally comes up with reports and ideas that it says are designed to get people to think and act.
Closing but still trailing in recent polls, Republican Matt Salmon got aggressive with Democrat Attorney General Janet Napolitano from the opening bell of the final gubernatorial debate Wednesday night.
Salmon spent his introductory comments, where other candidates talked about their qualifications, criticizing Napolitano on taxes, abortion and gay issues.
"My opponent wants to raise taxes. I oppose that," Salmon said. "My opponent, Janet Napolitano, supports gay adoption. I don't. She supports Vermont-style same-sex marriages. I think that's extreme."
As someone who had the great privilege to know and work with Vernon Smith while he was at the University of Arizona, I was disappointed that your article on Oct. 10, "Americans win Nobel in economics," failed to inform readers about Professor Smith's work, and instead used him as ammunition for the latest salvo in the budget wars.
Those who contend that state spending is out of control, should think again.
The nonpartisan staff of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee has issued a new analysis of the Arizona budget that in effect challenges the contention that the state's financial crisis is the result of runaway spending.