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.
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.
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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.