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.
2005 Legislative Report Card for Arizona's Forty-seventh Legislature, First Regular SessionPosted on September 01, 2005 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Satya Thallam
With the Arizona Legislature considering nearly 1,500 bills, memorials, and resolutions each session, it is difficult to know whether legislators individually, or as a whole, are acting within the parameters of the Arizona Constitution. Like the U.S. Constitution, the Arizona Constitution delineates the purpose and scope of government and enumerates the rights of the people. The primacy of individual rights and its corollary, a government of limited and defined powers, is established in the opening declaration:
Phoenix Rising: A City of AspirationPosted on April 27, 2005 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Joel Kotkin
With Phoenix's prodigious growth come concerns as well as opportunities. Prominent among observers of the region's path of development is the attitude that this growth has come at the expense of quality of life and a superior alternative course.