No Taxpayer Subsidies for Public Employee UnionsPosted on September 21, 2011 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Nick Dranias
Arizona may be a right-to-work state, but a new investigation by the Goldwater Institute shows that public-employee unions still wield outsized influence on elected officials—and they are using that power to feather their own nests.
2011 Legislative Report Card for ArizonaPosted on August 24, 2011 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Nick Dranias
Engaged citizens make for good governments. That’s the central idea behind the ninth annual Institute Legislative Report Card, which takes into account 375 votes during the first session of Arizona’s fiftieth legislature. The result is a citizen-friendly tool for evaluating legislators’ votes against a simple, important standard: their impact on liberty.
Education savings accounts offer hope for special-needs kidsPosted on June 25, 2011 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Jonathan Butcher
Six years ago, Andrea Weck-Robertson was a single mother who wanted the best for her daughter. She struggled with her 4-year-old's special needs, including the challenges of autism and cerebral palsy. Andrea's experience with her local school convinced her that her daughter's condition was too severe for the care available.
The Citizen Legislature: How Reasonable Limits on State Legislative Salaries, Staff and Session Lengths Keep Liberty AlivePosted on June 22, 2011 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Jason Sorens
In the last two decades, the Arizona Legislature has sent three measures to the ballot to raise legislative salaries. Only one, Proposition 302 in 1998 passed. Arizona voters have been wise. Although Arizona lawmakers are paid only $24,000 per year, often share staff, and have not had a pay raise since 1998, the state’s inadvertent frugality in this respect has helped protect freedom.
Federalism DIY: 10 Ways for States to Check and Balance WashingtonPosted on June 01, 2011 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Nick Dranias
The federal government is tightening its control over the 50 states and the lives of every American. The U.S. Constitution, however, says states are supposed to be equal partners with the federal government. State sovereignty—allowing each state to control its own affairs—is the cornerstone of that equal partnership and critical to protecting Americans' freedom. Below are 10 ways local policymakers and citizens can restore that balance of power and do what's best for the people of your state.