Campaign Promises: A Six-year Review of Arizona's Experiment with Taxpayer-financed CampaignsPosted on March 28, 2006 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Allison Hayward
When Arizona's Clean Elections Act was passed in 1998, proponents hoped it would mark the beginning of a new era in elections: one of improved voter turnout, increased candidate participation, and less special interest influence. But just how has the Clean Elections Act changed Arizona campaigns? This policy report finds Arizona's Clean Elections system has largely failed to live up to its stated goals.
Cash for College: Bringing Free-market Reform to Higher EducationPosted on March 14, 2006 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Vicki Alger
Enrollment at Arizona's three main state universities is projected to increase from 115,000 to 185,000 students by 2020. Under the existing higher education finance system, state and local appropriations to Arizona public universities and community colleges amounted to $1.3 billion in fiscal year 2003 just for operating expenses, which exclude capital and construction funding. Arizona's projected enrollment growth could almost double those appropriations in real terms to an estimated $2.4 billion in 2018. Adding to the strain of Arizona's student enrollment growth is the state constitution's mandate that public postsecondary education in Arizona be as nearly free as possible.
This Land is My Land: Reforming Eminent Domain after Kelo v. City of New LondonPosted on January 17, 2006 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Benjamin Barr
On June 23, 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the city of New London's use of eminent domain to condemn several properties the city claimed stood in the way of additional tax revenues and new jobs. However, Justice Stevens, author of the majority opinion in Kelo, explained that nothing precludes states from restricting their takings power. Doing so is a first step toward assuring homeowners that they can keep what they own. Nationwide, states have accepted Justice Stevens' invitation and proposed statutory amendments restricting eminent domain authority. Now, Arizona should take the opportunity to reexamine its slum clearance and redevelopment statutes to help ensure the security of private property.
Education Savings Accounts: A Vehicle for School ChoicePosted on November 15, 2005 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Dan Lips
Fifty years ago, Milton Friedman launched the modern school-choice movement with his essay "The Role of Government in Education," in which he proposed a parent-directed system of school vouchers. Friedman's idea is now becoming a reality with millions of Americans using charter schools, scholarship programs, and tuition tax credits.
The Privately Financed Public University: A Case Study of the University of MichiganPosted on November 01, 2005 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Vicki Alger
In 1965, the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (U-M) received 70 percent of its funding in appropriations from the state of Michigan. By 2003, U-M had reduced its dependence on the state to just 10 percent of total revenue. At the same time, U-M remained a top 25 institution according to the University of Florida's Top American Research Universities and U.S. News & World Report's annual rankings. U-M also tops Wall Street rankings, becoming the first public university to have its credit rating raised to an Aa1 ranking and its bonds trading at Aaa levels. Today, Michigan's flagship university is considered "Silicon Valley East" and has become a model for other large, public research institutions.