2004 Legislative Report Card for Arizona's Forty-sixth Legislature, Second Regular SessionPosted on October 25, 2004 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Satya Thallam
Sen. Barry Goldwater best articulated his legislative mission when he said, "if I should be attacked for neglecting my constituents 'interests,' I shall reply that I was informed their main interest is liberty"
How the Arizona Constitution Protects Taxpayers: The Importance of Safeguarding Article IXPosted on October 12, 2004 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Vicki Alger
In 1965, the University of Florida football team faced a potentially devastating enemy-dehydration. University doctors set out to make a drink that would keep the team hydrated and winning. The product they made is now known the world over as Gatorade. Not only did Gatorade energize dehydrated football players, but once licensed to a soft drink company, it reaped handsome profits for the University of Florida and sparked an ongoing race for universities to discover more profitable products.
Stomping Grapes: How Arizona Tramples Consumer Choice in WinePosted on September 22, 2004 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Jennifer Wright
Arizona wine consumers are getting the short end of the stick when it comes to buying wines they enjoy. A bizarre set of laws makes purchasing many wines impossible, despite the fact that such wines are widely available on the Internet.
Condemning Condemnation: Alternatives to Eminent DomainPosted on June 14, 2004 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Mark Brnovich
The power of eminent domain was granted to governments for the purpose of constructing public infrastructure but has increasingly been used as a redevelopment tool to transfer private property from one owner to another. Although there are legitimate reasons for invoking eminent domain, the current practice of condemning private property in the name of redevelopment is rarely about building public infrastructure and regularly about turning areas that produce little tax revenue into high revenue generators. Taking a property owner's brake shop or barber shop because it is too small, too old, too ugly, or another party has a "better" use for the land violates fundamental constitutional principles, creates uncertainty about property rights, and can deter individuals from opening or expanding their businesses.
The Tax Man and the Moving Van: Fiscal Policy and State Population ShiftsPosted on May 24, 2004 | Type: Policy Report
For America's Founders, a federalist system was paramount to protecting and enhancing the exercise of personal liberty. By making the jurisdictions to which people are subject smaller, federalism opens the door to numerous freedoms. Theoretically, someone who has grown frustrated with the actions of their state government may choose to relocate to a state whose policies they prefer. If, in actuality, citizens and businesses exercise their options in response to the policies state governments pursue, policymakers should be mindful of how their decisions may help or hinder the attraction and retention of residents.