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  • 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.

  • The Freedom of Information Versus the Right to Privacy: A Pro-Market Framework for Arizona

    Posted 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 Budget

    Posted 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.

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