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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.
Arm yourself with the facts about Arizona's budget shortfall to protect your family from the financial shenanigans some state politicians are suggesting. If growth in state spending had increased at a rate that kept pace with inflation and population growth since 2002, Arizona would currently have a general fund surplus of more than half a billion dollars.
With Arizona's budget deficit approaching $1 billion, policy makers are looking for relief from Arizona's fiscal woes. Wouldn't it be nice if lawmakers could just flush fiscal problems away?
Turns out technology exists that might let them do just that, at least a little bit. By installing electronic flush devices in state prisons, Arizona lawmakers could flush part of our spending on correctional facilities down the drain.
The Super Bowl host committee here in Arizona shelled out $17 million for the privilege of hosting the Super Bowl. $13 million of that was privately financed but Michael Kennedy, chairman of the host committee, said they want more public dollars. With dozens of famous movie stars, athletes, and major corporations you have to wonder, Why cant they pay for their own party? Dr. Byron Schlomach talks about publicly funding Super Bowl parties with Charles Goyette.
Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, a Democrat, Monday delivered to the state Legislature, which has a Republican majority, an optimistic State of the State address. On Friday, she submitted a corresponding budget of $10.7 billion. billion plus deferred costs for a total spending plan of about $11.4 billion for fiscal year 2009.
Sam Coppersmith concluded his analysis of Austin Hills health insurance difficulties on these pages by asserting that the Americans most satisfied with health coverage are those on Big-Government-Run Medicare. Government works better the sub-headline assured us.
So folks like getting free stuff from government better than paying for it themselves? Amazing. On the other hand, Medicare isnt quite the panacea left-wingers like to depict.
City overlooks fully staffed 250 person legal department, contracts out legal work
Phoenix—The City of Phoenix has paid more than $100,000 to attorneys from the law firm of Fennemore Craig to defend the City in a legal challenge filed by the Goldwater Institute. This taxpayer-funded legal counsel supplements the City of Phoenix's Law Department of 250 full-time attorneys and support staff.
The CityNorth project in northeast Phoenix "topped out" on its first phase of construction late last week, and the Goldwater Institute "celebrated" by releasing two studies questioning a nearly $100 million subsidy Phoenix gave to the development.
CityNorth is being built in the Desert Ridge area north of Loop 101 between Desert Ridge Marketplace and 56th Street.
Mark Twain once quipped, No mans life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session. That is often true, but as the lawmaking branch of government, the legislature also has a great capacity to protect life, liberty, and property.
Cactuses aren't the only things being cultivated by the arid Arizona temperatures. State deficits are growing at an alarming rate as mismanagement of the states income and imminent plans for expansion of government programs are creating a hot and humid environment for Arizona legislators. The heat is on, but fortunately for residents, the Goldwater Institute is determined to hold state officials feet to the fire by highlighting the gross mismanagement of state finances and proposing alternative budget policies that would address the mounting fiscal concerns.