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  • School Vouchers: Constitutionally Permissible in Arizona

    Posted on March 08, 2004 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Clint Bolick

    Arizona's public education landscape offers a plethora of choices, from open public school enrollment to charter schools to private school scholarships funded by income tax credits. The one missing ingredient is school vouchers, which would provide private school opportunities to children whom the public schools are not serving well.

  • Protecting Private Property: The Case for Vested Property Rights

    Posted on March 01, 2004 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Jordan R. Rose

    Many Arizona property owners have learned the hard way that municipalities are free to change zoning classifications and thereby "downzone" parcels of land. Also, local governments may change the zoning restrictions or requirements included in zoning ordinances. Such government actions frequently diminish the value of landowner's properties and destroy investments.

  • Three Paths to Prosperity: An Examination of Proposals for Fundamental Tax Reform

    Posted on February 09, 2004 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Debra Roubik

    Using a statistical model the VisionEcon Dynamic Revenue Model this study estimates the economic effects of repealing the corporate and personal income taxes in Arizona. In particular, it examines three specific proposals: two Goldwater Institute proposals and a proposal by former state treasurer Carol Springer. Under all three scenarios, repealing the income tax in Arizona would generate substantial employment and personal income growth when compared to the baseline trend.

  • Getting Back to Work: Reforming Unemployment Insurance to Increase Employment

    Posted on January 26, 2004 | Type: Policy Report | Author: William B. Conerly

    A suitable unemployment insurance (UI) policy should work to promote employment. Essentially unchanged since its inception in the 1930s, the existing UI system actually works against employment. The current system increases average time spent unemployed and leads to a substantial number of temporary layoffs.

  • Competition or Consolidation? The School District Consolidation Debate Revisited

    Posted on January 12, 2004 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Ross Groen

    In November 2002, the Arizona Office of the Auditor General (OAG) released a report on school districts' administrative spending that found, on average, small school districts spent more per pupil than large districts. In response, the Arizona State Legislature established a commission to study the potential savings from statewide school district consolidation.

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