Governments are notorious for spending beyond their means. But they can be reined in through a range of tools, from ballot-box initiatives and legislative spending caps to simply using taxpayer resources more wisely. The Goldwater Institute is a tireless watchdog, analyzing and uncovering ways to make spending more efficient and accountable.
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Let's Stop Making Promises We Can't KeepPosted on December 11, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Byron Schlomach
In 2000, Arizona’s pension funds were considered some of the healthiest in the nation. Just over a decade later, Arizona now has the dubious distinction of seeing the third worst decline in its pension fund health among the states from 2000 to 2009. For too long, policymakers and pension fund managers have assumed their investments would have endless high returns and little or no risk. The last decade and two recessions have proven otherwise, and Arizona’s retirement systems are on shaky ground.
Government Pension Funds: In Worse Shape Than They AdmitPosted on October 04, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Byron Schlomach
There has been much dispute lately over how well-funded public employee pension systems are. The debate derives, in part, from how we define “funded”.
WSJ: How Public Unions Exploit the Ruse of 'Official Time'Posted on October 01, 2012 | Type: In the News
Imagine thousands of government employees reporting to work each morning at their government offices and then doing no government work. Instead, they work as paid political operatives for powerful government unions.
Sewers vs. Sports ArenasPosted on September 19, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Stephen Slivinski
When government issues debt, you probably think it’s paying for the construction of a highway or water and sewer improvements – the sort of things that we usually expect government to provide.
New Report: Every Arizonan Owes More than $7,500 in State DebtPosted on August 30, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Lucy Morrow Caldwell
Every Arizona household’s debt is getting bigger—but most people don’t even know they owe. In Arizona, every man, woman and child owes state and local governments more than $7,500 for bills ranging from sports stadiums to parking garages.