The states are powerful enough to stand up to the federal government when it violates citizens’ rights. Learn how we can better leverage the power of states.
Since 2001, the federal tax code allowed business owners to write off more of the investment they make in their company each year and, today, businesses can write off 100 percent of the capital investments they made this year. But if Congress and the President don’t act, that tax cut will end in January 2012. State policymakers, on the other hand, could offer a little certainty in their state income tax code by allowing businesses to immediately write-off on their taxes the full value of their new capital investments.
On November 10, 2011, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker keynoted the Goldwater Institute Annual Dinner.
The federal health care law gives states an option: Either establish insurance exchanges by January 1, 2014, or the Secretary of Health and Human Services will establish one for them. An “exchange” is essentially a bureaucracy where federally-mandated and regulated health insurance may be bought and sold. Amazingly, some states that otherwise oppose the federal health care law, including some who have joined the Florida lawsuit that is on its way to the U.S. Supreme Court, are choosing to implement these exchanges.
Plaintiff Seven-Sky and others mounted a facial challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, which requires that every American buy health insurance or pay a tax penalty. The United States District Court for the District of Columbia granted the government’s motion to dismiss. After determining that the plaintiffs had standing and that their claims were ripe, the court concluded that the individual mandate was a valid exercise of congressional authority under the Commerce Clause.
What if the solution to Washington… wasn’t in Washington? The 50 states could be America’s secret weapon against an ever-expanding federal government. States can amend the constitution to demand fiscal responsibility in Washington, can request that federal regulation comply with local ordinances, and can form interstate compacts to better protect constitutional rights. The Goldwater Institute is providing a roadmap for states to reassert their power under the Tenth Amendment.
Midtown neighborhoods surrounding the University of Arizona want the city to approve a controversial neighborhood-preservation zoning overlay to protect them from the "minidorms" invasion.
But a group of property rights advocates in Tucson and statewide contend the overlay zone will be something else: a potential test case for Proposition 207, a ballot initiative passed last year requiring governments to compensate landowners if government land-use rules lower their property values.
Darcy Olsen responds to Governor Napolitano's 2007 State of the State address in an interview with? Flagstaff's public radio station KNAU. Listen online.
(c) Arizona Capitol Times. Reprinted with permission.
A medical professor says bureaucracies - not physicians - are practicing medicine in Arizona, and a state physicians' organization says it will propose legislation to help doctors deal with health insurers.
"Government and insurance companies dictate every part of medical care now," said Dr. Michael Sborov, associate professor of clinical anesthesiology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, "and their influence and policies have resulted in bureaucracies that are out of control ?"