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  • Preserving Open Space - The Private Alternative

    Posted on February 01, 1999 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Robert J. Franciosi

    It is often noted and well remembered that Arizona is one of the states with the fastest growing population in the nation. The growth of our population during the 1990s, 24 percent, ranked only behind Nevada. The state's growth rate in the 1980s was third, once again behind Nevada, and Alaska. This rapid growth has created the worry that Arizona's exceptional natural beauty will soon be buried under tract houses, golf courses and strip malls; a worry leading to several government initiatives to preserve the State's natural heritage.

  • Get 'Em While They're Young - The Second Childcare Revolution and the Expansion of the Nanny State

    Posted on November 01, 1998 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Robert J. Franciosi

    An easy way to make it into the papers in Arizona is to come up with a list ranking the state's standing in various indicators of well-being. Kids Count, the Children's Rights Council, the Corporation for Enterprise Development, all make news telling Arizonans how bad off they are compared with other states.

  • The Dash - Time to Kill that Wascally Wabbit

    Posted on October 15, 1998 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Melinda Ogle

    Those who believe that the government can only provide inferior services should take a look at the National Park Service's line of premier outhouses: $420,000 for one disguised as a corn-crib, $330,000 for one with limestone capstones for its porch railing and a slate roof, and a whopping $1 million for a four-holer with state-of-the-art, solar powered composting units and a backup propane generator.

  • A Tale of Two Cities: Phoenix, Portland, Growth and Growth Control

    Posted on October 01, 1998 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Robert J. Franciosi

    Steve McQueen, the actor, once said that he would rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth. This is a typically American attitude toward cities. This distaste of the city environment, the cramped spaces, the crowds, the pollution and the noise goes all the way back to Thomas Jefferson who dreamt of a nation founded on yeomen farmers. Although there aren't many farmers today, the dream lives on in many families who wish to live in their own, single, detached home.

  • Garbage In, Garbage Out -- An Examination of Private/Public Competition by the City of Phoenix

    Posted on January 01, 1998 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Robert J. Franciosi

    Over the past twenty years, governments all over the world have transferred the responsibility for providing services out of their hands and into the private sector. One of the pioneers in this movement has been the city of Phoenix, Arizona. However, instead of dismantling the public agency providing the service and hiring a private contractor, the city allows the public agency to bid for the contract as well. Phoenix estimates the competitive process has saved it over $30 million since 1979.

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