A Fresh Start for Arizona: Proposals for Closing a Billion-Dollar Budget GapPosted on December 18, 2008 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Byron Schlomach
Arizona is in the midst of a budget crisis. The state government is on track to overspend its current revenues by an unprecedented $1.2 billion in the current fiscal year. Although a more than 13 percent spending/revenue gap should be considered a critical issue worthy of immediate attention, the last budget was adopted even as there were clear signs that revenues could not keep up. This means that when the legislature meets in January 2009, it will have to take immediate action to avoid a financial catastrophe.
Mission Unaccomplished: The Misplaced Priorities of the Maricopa County Sheriff's OfficePosted on December 02, 2008 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Clint Bolick
The Maricopa County Sheriffs Office is responsible for vitally important law-enforcement functions in one of the largest counties in the nation. It defines its core missions as law-enforcement services, support services, and detention.
2008 Legislative Report Card for Arizona's Forty-eighth Legislature, Second Regular SessionPosted on November 26, 2008 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Andrea Woodmansee
This sixth edition of the annual Goldwater Institute Legislative Report Card scores Arizona legislators on 237 votes across four categories: education, constitutional government, regulation, and tax and budget. Those scores are tabulated into final percentage scores and letter grades that indicate how well each legislator adheres to the principles of limited government enshrined in the U.S. and Arizona Constitutions.
100 Ideas for 100 Days 2009Posted on November 19, 2008 | Type: Policy Report
The Goldwater Institute presents 100 Ideas for 100 Days—one idea for each day of the legislative session. These ideas will help lower the tax burden, give parents more choices in where their children go to school, and address the states billion dollar budget shortfall.
Demography Defeated: Florida's K-12 Reforms and Their Lessons for the NationPosted on September 30, 2008 | Type: Policy Report
Jeb Bush campaigned for governor on a clear and bracing set of education reforms in 1998. Having won office, he immediately pursued a dual-track strategy of education reform: standards and accountability for public schools, and choice options for dissatisfied parents. Florida lawmakers followed these reforms with additional measures, including instruction-based reforms; the curtailing of social promotion, which advances students to higher grades regardless of academic achievement; merit pay for teachers; and additional choice measures.