A New Tax Plan for a New Economy: How Eliminating the Income Tax Can Create JobsPosted on September 20, 2012 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Stephen Slivinski
Policymakers in states across the country are searching for solutions to unemployment and a faltering economy. The answers, though, are simple and within reach. Legislators looking for a bold economic growth strategy should seriously consider the benefits of unshackling state economies from the income tax—a tax that penalizes workers, creates double taxation, and inhibits investment.
Cutting up the Credit Cards: Seven Ideas to Reform the Culture of Debt in State and Local GovernmentPosted on August 30, 2012 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Stephen Slivinski
Arizona’s constitutional drafters early in the 20th century were averse to public debt and to the tendency of government to use subsidies favor certain private interests. As a result, Arizona has a constitutional debt limit that limits state debt to $350,000—roughly $8 million in today’s dollars. But that limit is not effective at actually limiting debt. Today, state-level bonded indebtedness equals $13.7 billion. All levels of government in Arizona have outstanding debt in one form or another in the combined amount of at least $44 billion and possibly as high as $51 billion.
Healthcare Freedom Act: More Important than EverPosted on August 16, 2012 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Clint Bolick
Several states have added a Health Care Freedom Act to their constitutions, with several more states contemplating doing so through voter measures on the November 2012 ballot. Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in NFIB v. Sebelius, the adoption and deployment of the Health Care Freedom Act will be a vitally important tool in protecting individual autonomy.
2012 Legislative Report Card for ArizonaPosted on August 15, 2012 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Nick Dranias
The annual Goldwater Institute Legislative Report Card scores Arizona lawmakers on their support of principles of limited constitutional government. Each piece of legislation is assessed in one of four categories for whether it expands liberty consistent with the Arizona Constitution, or restricts liberty.
Six Reforms to Occupational Licensing Laws to Increase Jobs and Lower CostsPosted on July 10, 2012 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Byron Schlomach
Do you have a love of fabric, furniture, and a talent for decorating? In a few states, unless you have a license, it’s tough luck if you want to start a decorating business. Most states actually have laws that limit the use of the title “interior designer.”