Tax Reform

Americans are a hard-working bunch and should keep what they earn. Our ideas for tax reform reduce the burden of taxes while ensuring governments have the resources to focus on core responsibilities.

<p>Americans are a hard-working bunch and should keep what they earn. Our ideas for tax reform reduce the burden of taxes while ensuring governments have the resources to focus on core responsibilities. </p>

Phoenix--State government has spent nearly $1 billion to lure biotech companies to Arizona and there is more to come, legislators say. But will all this money bring Arizona the luck of the Irish? A new report from the Goldwater Institute says it will take more than luck to find this pot of gold.

Phoenix -- The annual budget show-down is looming. Governor Napolitano has requested a 12 percent increase in spending over last year. And the Republican-led legislature will soon issue its spending priorities. A new Goldwater Institute report, Dollars and Sense: How Arizona's Spending Choices Affect Our Future, shows why income tax cuts should be part of the budget.

PHOENIX-The Goldwater Institute today released its third annual Legislative Report Card, the state's most comprehensive analysis of the voting records of all Arizona legislators. The report card uses an objective scoring system to determine how well each legislator has respected and advanced the enumerated rights of the people consistent with the Arizona Constitution.

Phoenix--The 2006 legislative session opened today with the Governors annual State of the State Address, during which the Governor identified budget and policy priorities for this year, most of which call for a larger and more expensive state government. The Goldwater Institute offers 100 ideas for 100 days that will instead allow for growth in the private sector.

PHOENIX-W. Michael Cox, Ph.D., senior vice president and chief economist of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas will headline the Goldwater Institute Fiscal Policy Conference, Whither Arizona's Prosperity? Taxation, Budgeting, and Economic Development in Arizona, Thursday, February 3. Cox is widely recognized for his Pulitzer Prize-nominated book, Myths of Rich and Poor.

PHOENIX-The Goldwater Institute today released its second annual Legislative Report Card, a comprehensive analysis of the voting records of all Arizona legislators. The report card assigns a letter grade to each legislator based on how well their votes advanced economic freedom, personal responsibility, and constitutional government.

Consumption-Based Tax Best Way to Enhance Savings, Investment, and Growth

PHOENIX-In a report released today by the Goldwater Institute, economist Stephen Slivinski offers Arizona policymakers three different consumption-based tax reforms. "Arizona's current tax system punishes savings and investment," Slivinski says. "A consumption-based tax system would be an enormous boon to savings, investment, and growth." The report appears as the Governor's Citizens Finance Review Commission begins deliberations over how to reform the state's tax system.

Phoenix -- An Arizona State University study released Wednesday reports that Arizona's per capita tax burden is among the lowest in the nation. The study also reports that Arizona's total tax burden fell from 20th highest in the nation in 1972 to 37th in 2000.

But Stephen Slivinski, director of tax and budget studies at the Goldwater Institute, argues that the ASU report is misleading. "The per capita numbers published in the ASU study understate the tax burden on working Arizonans," Slivinski said.

Arizona's pre-eminent child-welfare activist of 18 years, Carol Kamin, is moving to her native Massachusetts.

So, just for old time's sake, perhaps, her ideological nemesis over much of that time, the conservo-libertarian Goldwater Institute, has published a sort of parting gift: a study that finds Massachusetts is far less "nice to children" than Arizona, which the former Children's Action Alliance director often judged to be pretty brutish that way.

Art Laffer, propounder of the theory that lowering taxes generally raises government tax revenues, has repeatedly been vindicated, even if his supply side ideas (and name) made him the butt of liberals jokes. The latest evidence comes in a study released Nov. 14 by Arizona's Goldwater Institute that shows states with low tax rates from 1990 to 2000 were more successful at reducing general and childhood poverty than states with high tax rates.

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