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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.

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  • Arizona Eighth Freest State in Nation

    Posted on March 16, 2009 | Type: Blog | Author: Nick Dranias

    A recent study by George Mason University's Mercatus Center found that Arizona ranks as the eighth freest state in the nation. It broadcasts loud and clear that Arizona is open for business to refugees fleeing our overly taxed and regulated neighbor to the west. But this is no time to rest on our laurels. Maintaining our competitive edge still requires systemic change.

  • Darcy Olsen Talks Politics on Arizona Illustrated

    Posted on March 10, 2009 | Type: Video

    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.

  • Goldwater Institute Files U.S. Supreme Court Brief Challenging Voting Rights Act

    Posted on February 26, 2009 | Type: Press Release

    Institute Seeks to Vindicate Color-blind Government and Federalism

  • Starlee Rhoades on Sunday Square Off

    Posted on February 22, 2009 | Type: Video

    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.

  • States continue to let the feds take control

    Posted on January 28, 2009 | Type: Blog | Author: Byron Schlomach

    Huge segments of state budgets are driven by federal spending. Few roads are built without federal matching funds. Large shares of states' budgets are spent on social programs initiated by the federal government such as Medicaid, KidsCare, and Aid to Families with Dependent Children.

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