Assessing Arizona's Economy: Boom or Bust?Posted on June 06, 2002 | Type: Policy Report
From 1990 to 2000 Arizona's population increased by 1.5 million residents, making it the second fastest-growing state in the nation. Of the state's 5 million inhabitants, 3.3 million, or 65 percent, came from another state or from outside the United States. Despite this overwhelming evidence that Arizona is a desirable place to live and work, the state's growth has generated a great deal of worry.
The Freedom of Information Versus the Right to Privacy: A Pro-Market Framework for ArizonaPosted on May 24, 2002 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Solveig Singleton
The free movement of information throughout the economy and in government benefits Arizonans as citizens and consumers. At the same time, the right to privacy is also an important aspect of public and commercial life. Developments in information technology increasingly bring the free movement of information into conflict with the right to privacy.
It All Adds Up: Unnecessary Spending in the Arizona BudgetPosted on May 02, 2002 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Stephen Slivinski
The primary cause of this year's fiscal deficit is excessive government spending. State spending has grown far more than needed to keep pace with Arizona's growing population. Whereas population has grown by only 36 percent, government spending has grown by 63 percent. Contrary to some reports in the media and the legislature, the mild recession has not left the state withering on the vine. The current state budget is the largest in Arizona's history.
Is Cleanliness Political Godliness?: Arizona's Clean Elections Law after Its First YearPosted on November 30, 2001 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Robert J. Franciosi
In 1998, Arizona voters passed the Citizens Clean Elections Act. Its purpose was to eliminate the alleged deleterious effect of private money on state politics: the influence of private contributions on elected officials and the advantages enjoyed by candidates with large campaign chests. The Citizens Clean Elections Act established an optional system of public campaign finance for those people seeking state offices.
Put a Cap on It: How to Control Government Spending and Balance the BudgetPosted on November 15, 2001 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Stephen Slivinski
Arizona is facing a $675 million budget deficit this year. This budget crisis is a product of irresponsible and out-of-control government spending during previous years. If the state budget had grown no faster than the rate of population growth plus inflation since 1995, the budget would be $650 million smaller this year. To balance the budget, the state legislature must cut spending to that level during a special session that will begin on November 13. The rest of the budget gap could be covered by transfers from Arizona's $350 million rainy day fund.