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Debt and Taxes: Arizona Taxpayers on Hook for $66 Billion Tab Run Up by State, Local GovernmentsPosted on April 05, 2012 | Type: Investigative Report | Author: Mark Flatten
State and local governments in Arizona owe more than $66.5 billion in outstanding debt and unfunded obligations, according to official estimates in disclosure reports scattered across various agencies. That figure is based largely on annual reports from government agencies and pension funds that run through June 2011. Numbers that have been updated since have only gotten worse.
Debt and Taxes: Recommendations for ReformPosted on April 04, 2012 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Stephen Slivinski
Arizonans, through their state and local governments, are in debt to the tune of $66.5 billion. That’s over $10,000 for every man, woman, and child in the state. To put that in perspective, the average person’s income in Arizona is less than $36,000 per year.
A Pound of Cure: How Academic Detailing Could Limit Access to PharmaceuticalsPosted on March 27, 2012 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Byron Schlomach
Pharmaceutical sales are coming under criticism based on what appear to be legitimate but rare abuses of pharmaceutical salespeople promising more from a drug than they should and doctors allowing themselves to be pressured into prescribing. Unfortunately, these isolated incidents are being held up as evidence of the need for vast new government intrusion and regulation of the pharmaceutical industry’s marketing practices. While certainly well intentioned, these efforts are likely to negatively affect doctors and patients.
Will: Union business, on the taxpayers' dimePosted on March 15, 2012 | Type: In the News | Author: George Will
Sal DiCiccio says he’s sorry. It is, he says, no excuse that the complex labor contracts that he, as a member of the city council, voted to ratify for city employees were presented to the council less than a week before the vote. He says he should have seen that the contracts contain some indefensible, not to mention unconstitutional, provisions, such as those pertaining to “release time.”
Support Public Pension ReformPosted on March 13, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Byron Schlomach
I’ll be blunt. Last year’s tepid reforms to the state’s pension systems were not enough.