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No government has ever spent its way to prosperity. Our proposals help governments be fiscally responsible so citizens can be prosperous.

<p>No government has ever spent its way to prosperity. Our proposals help governments be fiscally responsible so citizens can be prosperous.</p>

Goldwater Institute economist Byron Schlomach went on KXAM Radio to talk about the state budget deficit, how it happened, and how it can be fixed.

Listen to it here.

 

 

The City of Phoenix provided a nearly $100 million subsidy for the CityNorth project. The Goldwater Institute's Byron Schlomach talked about it with 3TV.

Darcy Olsen went on CBS 5 News to talk about the state budget deficit and how much of your money Arizona is spending.

Dr. Byron Schlomach talked to Channel 3 about the fine print inside the government's economic bailout, including a six million dollar tax break to the makers of wooden arrows.

 

It all started with the rescue of Bear Stearns. The government's reckoning that the foundational principles of our economic system could be ignored, just this once, was a colossal blunder. Now we have full-blown bailout mania.

It didn't have to happen. The lightly regulated securities industry had been remarkably stable from the Depression until the sub-prime mortgage crisis of 2007. There were occasional failures of securities firms, but government bailouts were never seriously considered.

To balance the 2009 state budget, legislators swept funds from accounts that members of various professions are required to pay into. Not only did this gimmick not balance the budget, it may have broken the law. Goldwater Institute attorney Carrie Ann Sitren recently discussed this situation with "Good Evening Arizona's" Ben Lemoine.

Watch it here.

Goldwater Institute Economist Dr. Byron Schlomach appeared on Scottsdale Channel 11's Links program where he gave Scottsdale's economy an economic health checkup.

Watch it here.

Phoenix-- Arizona is awash in federal money, almost $8 billion this year.  While this growing pot of money seems attractive, there is a catch.  Most federal money requires state matching funds.  As more federal dollars come in, more state dollars are committed to federal programs.  Indeed, the state legislature has direct appropriation authority over only 25 percent of state spending.

What role should government play in economics? Should it tweak the economy here and there, or stay out of the way altogether? Dr. Byron Schlomach, Director of the Goldwater Institute's Center for Economic Prosperity, goes on Horizon with the answers.

Its going to take a lot of hard work to address the states growing general-fund budget shortfall. Earlier this year, the Goldwater Institute issued 100 ideas for Arizona lawmakers to consider. Here are some that address the states financial health:

Enact an expenditure limit that restricts government spending growth to the rate of population growth and inflation. If state spending had been so restricted since 2002, the state would today have a surplus of roughly half-a-billion dollars.

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