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  • Public Transit: Worthwhile Investment?

    Posted on April 01, 1997 | Type: Policy Report | Author: John Semmens

    Should taxpayers pay to fund expansions in existing public transit? That is the question facing city governments throughout the Phoenix metropolitan region. Admittedly, the purported benefits of expanded public transit are seductive: reducing traffic congestion, improving urban air quality, helping the poor and promoting a community's prosperity. The following report examines each of these claims in detail and finds that public transit cannot make a cost-effective contribution to any of these objectives.

  • An Analysis of U.S. and Arizona Telecommunications Policy

    Posted on October 01, 1996 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Edward E. Zajac

    In February, Congress overwhelmingly passed and President Clinton quickly signed into law the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (called TA96 in this report). The Act amends the Communications Act of 1934. Under the philosophy of the 1934 Act, telecommunications was considered a "natural monopoly" that needed to be regulated. The 1934 Act created the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to do the regulating at the federal level, leaving state regulation to State regulatory commissions.

  • Growth, Quality of Life, and Metropolitan Comparisons

    Posted on September 01, 1996 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Eric VonDohlen

    As the Phoenix area continues to grow and add new residents, problems of air pollution, traffic congestion, finance, and transit will continue to receive attention from citizens, media, and policymakers.

  • Arizona's Charter Schools: A Survey of Teachers

    Posted on August 01, 1996 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Mary Gifford

    This study of charter school parents is the first in a series to be conducted by the Goldwater Institute with the assistance of many supporters, most notably, the Dial Corp., Motorola Inc., and Bank of America. This body of research provides fresh insights into who attends charter schools and why.

  • Arizona's Charter Schools: A Survey of Parents

    Posted on April 01, 1996 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Mary Gifford

    This study of charter school parents is the first in a series to be conducted by the Goldwater Institute with the assistance of many supporters, most notably, the Dial Corp., Motorola Inc., and Bank of America. This body of research provides fresh insights into who attends charter schools and why. Until now, no statewide survey of charter schools had been undertaken. Several case studies and limited surveys have been conducted, but this is the first major progress toward developing population parameters for charter schools. The Goldwater Institute study also reveals information about charter schools that is contrary to popular opinion and may have considerable impact on future study and development of charter schools.

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