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>

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 ?"

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.