State Powers

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.

<p>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.</p>

(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 ?"

Is the solution to the nations health-care mess more federal involvement, or is it time for state policymakers to take the bull by the horns? Noah Clarke and Dr. Eric Novack advocate states act now by injecting cross-state competition in Health Care Choice, a new Goldwater Institute Policy Report.

In his Oct. 21 column, When markets fail, tax credits wont help, Sam Coppersmith claims current health insurance problems reflect free-market system failures. In reality, Americas problem does not stem from a free-market health insurance system, but rather a lack of one.

Riddle me this: Why is it that Arizona and its municipalities cannot make the most basic governmental decisions without first asking the federal government for permission.

The Nevada Supreme Court has tarnished the Silver State's constitution, and Arizonans will have to stay vigilant if the Copper State's constitution is to avoid similar corrosion.

Arizona's prosecutorial priorities are being hijacked by federal funds. That is bad news for gun owners, civil libertarians, and anyone who distrusts the amassing of centralized political power in Washington. 

The states are now mired in their worst fiscal crisis in at least a decade. The combined total of red ink in California, Florida, and New York alone could eclipse $40 billion in 2003. New York Gov. George Pataki recently moaned that "we are not facing a rainy day in New York. We are facing a monsoon." That depressing scenario could apply to three-quarters of the debt-deluged states.

If I ruled the state, I would want Arizona to be ahead of its time. As other states regress into excessive taxation, capricious regulation, and profligate spending, Arizona should move forward, breathing new life into liberty, scaling back government and safeguarding individual liberty.

Executive Summary

It is no secret that the American health care system suffers from high costs, lack of access, and uneven quality. Many, if not most, of these problems stem from a dramatic rise in the cost of health care driven by the third-party payer system.

Arizona faces an environmental challenge: take responsibility for its own environmental management or cede authority to the federal government. For some time, there has been a decided preference for the latter. With that acquiescence come substantial problems for the state. This study examines one such problem: the heavy-handed regulation of water in one of the nations driest states.