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.
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.
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.
In January 2007, Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano proposed expanding the states Medicaid program to cover children in families earning up to $60,000. Although the plan may have laudable goals, it could have negative consequences for the state.
PHOENIX-A report card released today by the Goldwater Institute gives the Arizona Supreme Court high marks for defending constitutional rights, but shows that the court has overstepped its constitutional powers in several significant cases.
PHOENIX -In a move that expands federal government control over state tax codes, the Supreme Court ruled yesterday that challenges to state tax credits can be heard in federal court. The ruling undermines the authority of state courts to rule on state tax matters and allows federal courts to interfere with the administration of state tax systems.
"This decision is an erosion of the important constitutional boundary between the autonomy of individual states and the powers of the federal government," said Goldwater Institute constitutional expert Mark Brnovich.