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By Goldwater Institute | March 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

By Christina Sandefur | email

Today, 36 legislators, their constituents, and a state taxpayer are asking the Arizona Court of Appeals to hear an accelerated appeal of a critical lawsuit that will have a significant impact on both the state budget and the integrity of the legislative process.

Recently, a lower court judge dealt an unfortunate blow to a significant state constitutional protection, ruling that the legislators who voted against a new tax to fund Arizona’s Medicaid expansion cannot challenge it in court, …

By Goldwater Institute | March 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

By Jonathan Butcher | email

When driving, if you look in your side-view mirror, you’re reminded that “objects in mirror are closer than they appear.” In Arizona, lawmakers, parents, and schools are struggling to gauge how close we are to high achievement levels in our state.

Since 2011, more and more schools earned higher scores on the state’s A-F report cards. Nearly 63 percent of schools in the state earned an A or a B on the most recent ratings. This might mean …

By Goldwater Institute | March 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
Unbalanced budget

By Nick Dranias | email

The writing is on the wall for Washington’s unsustainable debt-fueled fiscal policy. Just last week, the Telegraph reported that central banks commenced a worldwide “fire sale” of $106 billion in U.S. Treasuries. And yet, there is no leadership from the beltway to fix the national debt. Instead, last month, the federal statutory debt limit was suspended yet again.

That’s why the states must douse the flames of fiscal irresponsibility in Washington by joining the Compact for a Balanced …

By Goldwater Institute | March 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

By Jonathan Butcher | email

Remember when you finished high school? The sheepskin you received at graduation was your ticket to either a job or college. Wherever you were going, that accomplishment would follow you and help you get started in adulthood.

For Nikki Mclendon, though, her diploma wasn’t what she thought it was, reported The Hechinger Report earlier this year. Nikki finished high school in Mississippi with an occupational diploma, having struggled with her final exams. She was diagnosed with special needs in elementary …

By Goldwater Institute | March 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

By Steve Slivinski | email

Once again the president is proposing something that will not generate the job growth that America needs. His latest proposal is to raise the national minimum wage from its current $7.25 an hour to $10.10 – which would likely kill 500,000 jobs, according to the Congressional Budget Office, because it prices low-skilled laborers out of the labor market.

The minimum wage sets a floor for wages across the country, and like so many federal policies it treats all …

By Goldwater Institute | March 7, 2014 | 0 Comments


Goldwater Institute attorneys will fight new proposal in court Friday 

Following a January court ruling declaring taxpayer-funded union activism in public labor contracts unconstitutional, a police union in Phoenix is asking a judge to bless a scheme that would dole out an additional 1,000 hours per week of vacation to use on whatever union members want–chiefly, union business.

Attorneys for the Goldwater Institute will appear in court Friday to argue that …

By Goldwater Institute | March 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
Unbalanced budget

By Nick Dranias

Last week, the Georgia House of Representatives passed the Compact for a Balanced Budget by a margin of 103-63. Alaska and Arizona are now poised to advance the same reform effort through their respective House Judiciary and Rules Committees.

We could be only weeks away from an interstate agreement that will advance a constitutional amendment to limit the federal government’s capacity to borrow.

Why should the American people want to bind the hands of their federal representatives with …

By Goldwater Institute | February 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

When you’re the U.S. Department of Education, every program looks like it needs more money.

Last December, the U.S. Department of Education released the results from the first two years of an additional $3 billion funding plan for failing schools. The effects of more money on student learning were—wait for it—inconclusive. Some schools improved, some did worse, while others showed no changes to student achievement.

These results should not come as a surprise. Researchers have long noted there is not a direct …

By Goldwater Institute | February 28, 2014 | 0 Comments


Issue hits close to home for lawmaker whose terminally ill daughter has been denied access to promising treatments

A Missouri legislative committee is poised to approve a bill Wednesday that, if enacted, could dramatically cut the time it takes for life-saving drugs to reach the hands of patients and their doctors. The multiyear federal approval process currently in place means that many sick Americans die waiting for life-saving medications …

By Goldwater Institute | February 23, 2014 | 0 Comments


Future Model Must Embrace Technology in Education 

The combination of emerging technology and academic underachievement means our style of educating American children needs a makeover, according to a Goldwater Institute policy report released this week.

In A Vision for Education and the Future of Learning, Goldwater Institute education director Jonathan Butcher argues that traditional classrooms cannot equip every child for whatever their unique future holds, whether its college or entering the job market, and …