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  • A Custom Education for Every Child: The Promise of Online Learning and Education Savings Accounts

    Posted on October 25, 2011 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Dan Lips

    This paper examines how expanding access to online or virtual learning programs through state-funded Education Savings Accounts could enable Arizona families to truly customize their children’s education.

  • No Taxpayer Subsidies for Public Employee Unions

    Posted 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 Arizona

    Posted 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 kids

    Posted 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 Alive

    Posted 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.

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