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  • 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.

  • The Impact of Tuition Scholarships on Low-Income Families: A Survey of Arizona School Choice Trust Parents

    Posted on December 11, 2003 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Dan Lips

    On May 11, 1993, Jack and Isabelle McVaugh and other prominent members of the Phoenix community held a press conference at Olympic boxer Michael Carbajal's gym, announcing the formation of Arizona School Choice Trust (ASCT). The privately funded scholarship program would give low-income students in Maricopa County the opportunity to attend private school. Within 10 days of announcing the scholarships, ASCT had 500 students on its waiting list.

  • The Arizona Scholarship Tax Credit: Providing Choice for Arizona Taxpayers and Students

    Posted on December 11, 2003 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Carrie Lukas

    Six years ago, Arizona policymakers created a revolutionary school choice program by allowing a $500 dollar-for-dollar income tax credit for contributions to organizations that give students scholarships to attend private elementary and secondary schools. In 2001, the Cato Institute published a study evaluating the first years of the program and analyzing its potential impact. This paper is a follow-up to that study, assessing the recent trends in the program, its impact on Arizona's educational system, and identifying potential reforms.

  • Light Rail: Inefficient, Ineffective and Unfair

    Posted on December 10, 2003 | Type: Policy Report | Author: John Semmens

    According to Valley Metro's own projections, the light rail project proposed by the Maricopa Association of Governments will be inefficient in its use of public resources, ineffective at reducing traffic congestion and pollution, and unfair to county taxpayers. The county plans to spend $2.2 billion on light rail, an amount equivalent to one-third of the state's entire general fund budget. If legislators do not re-examine the county's numbers, they may make a mistake of gigantic proportions.

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