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>

Washington, D.C., has a new health-care buzz phrase. "Comparative-effectiveness research" is the latest government-led effort to bring health-care costs under control.

Others, like reducing tobacco use, tackling obesity and connecting hospitals to the Internet, have yet to succeed in bringing down costs, but that doesn't keep Washington from trying.

Goldwater Institute president Darcy Olsen went on KUAT's Arizona Illustrated to talk about the state budget, a possible tax increase, the Voter Protection Act, and several other topics.

Phoenix--The Goldwater Institute filed an amicus brief yesterday with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District Number One v. Holder. The brief challenges the Voting Rights Act "preclearance" requirement under the 14th Amendment's guarantee of equal protection and the 10th Amendment's guarantee of federalism.

Watch Goldwater Institute Vice President of Communications, Starlee Rhoades, on Sunday Square Off debating topics including the stimulus package, President Obama's foreclosure plan, and whether or not the legislature should ask voters to increase taxes.

Watch it here.

The Goldwater Institute's Nick Dranias appeared on Horizon on PBS to discuss the future of the initiative process in Arizona.

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Phoenix--A new Goldwater Institute policy report evaluates the symptoms, makes a diagnosis, and prescribes a treatment plan for Arizona's ailing health care system.

With Governor Janet Napolitano headed to Washington to take on the role of Homeland Security Secretary, Jan Brewer, Arizona's Secretary of State, will become governor. Goldwater Institute President Darcy Olsen talks about Brewer's readiness for her new post.

Phoenix Arizona's budget deficit keeps growing with each passing day and money-saving ideas are needed now more than ever. Last month Governor Napolitano went so far as to set up a website to solicit ideas from the public on how the state can save money. The Goldwater Institute is answering the call with "100 Ideas for 100 Days."

Arizona is awash in federal money. In fiscal year (FY) 2007, Arizona received close to $8.5 billion in federal funds. This money funds programs that most Arizonans are familiar with, such as Medicaid and the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). Even though the inflow of federal dollars appears attractive, there is a catch: As federal dollars flow in, state dollars are fixed to ever-growing demands connected to these programs. In 2000, the State of Arizona used general funds at close to $463 million for Medicaid alone. By 2005, that figure had risen to $914 million, and it is projected to grow to $1.3 billion in FY 2008.

Starlee Rhoades discusses several topics including Sheriff Joe's trip to Honduras, the taxpayer subsidized Cactus League and the state's budget deficit on the Sunday Square Off. 

Watch it here.