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  • How to Restructure Arizona's Tax Code: A Smarter, Flatter Tax Plan to Create Jobs

    Posted on February 24, 2009 | Type: Policy Report

    Arizona's recent economic record has been impressive. Over the past 10 years, Arizona has been the third fastest-growing state in the country on average, Arizona's annual economic growth rate has been 1.6 percentage points faster than the national average. Job growth has been impressive, too. Nonfarm payroll employment grew over 33 percent, the second-fastest payroll employment growth in the country among all the states.

  • Removing the Middleman: What States Can Do to Make Health Care More Responsive to Patients

    Posted on January 13, 2009 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Byron Schlomach

    It is no secret that the American health care system suffers from high costs, lack of access, and uneven quality. Many, if not most, of these problems stem from a dramatic rise in the cost of health care driven by the third-party payer system.

  • A Fresh Start for Arizona: Proposals for Closing a Billion-Dollar Budget Gap

    Posted 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 Office

    Posted 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 Session

    Posted 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.

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