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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Dawn of a New Day at the Corporation Commission?Posted on January 22, 2013 | Type: Blog | Author: Clint Bolick
After years of pursuing a command-and-control approach to energy regulation and providing massive corporate welfare to the solar industry, the Arizona Corporation Commission has signaled a possible shift in approach.
States Can Right Some Wrongs of the Fiscal Cliff DealPosted on January 08, 2013 | Type: Blog | Author: Stephen Slivinski
Congress’s deal to avoid falling over the so-called “fiscal cliff” has dominated headlines since New Year’s Day. That “cliff” was automatic spending cuts that would kick in at the beginning of the year coupled with a number of tax rates (a.k.a. the “Bush tax cuts”) that would expire. As you undoubtedly know, the deal that was reached raised taxes, but did not decrease spending.
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.