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  • Arizona's Anti-Tobacco Crusade: Smoke Free or Free to Smoke?

    Posted on October 08, 2002 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Robert A. Levy

    Arizona's smokers have discovered that there's more than one way to be Proposition'd. First, it was Proposition 200, which banned smoking in Tempe's "public places." That's public, as in private restaurants, bars, billiard halls, and bowling alleys. Now it's Proposition 303, a proposal to increase Arizona's cigarette tax from 58 cents per pack to $1.18--the nation's fifth highest rate. The war against tobacco has reached fever pitch. Politicians and misguided voters disdain property rights, ignore contrary scientific evidence on secondhand smoke, reduce smokers to second-class citizenship, and pave the path for more intrusive government worming its way into every phase and facet of our daily lives.

  • Corporate Tax Reform: How to Woo Business Without Spending a Dime

    Posted on September 16, 2002 | Type: Policy Report

    Corporate tax burdens in Arizona are among the heaviest in the nation. Arizona's in-state tax burden and its total effective corporate income tax rate are the highest in the immediate region. The state's property tax burden on businesses is the sixth highest in the nation for certain classes of commercial property. Arizona's heavy corporate taxation is detrimental to capital formation and business growth, and discourages out-of-state entrepreneurs from setting up shop in the state.

  • Eminent Domain Abuse in Arizona: The Growing Threat to Private Property

    Posted on August 16, 2002 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Jordan R. Rose

    The Arizona Constitution contains the very strongest protection of private property rights in the nation. Arizona allows governments to condemn private property only for clearly defined public purposes, such as roadways and police stations, or certain very specific private purposes, such as a right of way or a drain. As written, that constitution gives Arizona property owners complete security against arbitrary condemnation and seizure by local governments. Since 1997, however, when the Arizona State Legislature adopted new redevelopment statutes, the power of governments to take has become frighteningly broad, and the spirit of the Arizona Constitution has been ignored.

  • The Arizona Scholarship Tax Credit: A Model for Federal Reform

    Posted on August 01, 2002 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Dan Lips

    Advocates of limited government in Congress face a dilemma. For two decades, conservatives have sought to devolve federal power over education back to state and local governments. In 1981, Ronald Reagan entered office pledging to abolish the fledgling Department of Education. Since then hundreds of billions of federal taxpayer dollars have been spent in an effort to improve local educational services, but there has been no corresponding improvement in student performance on major national exams.

  • 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.

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