Goldwater Institute Releases 100 Ideas for 100 Days

The Goldwater Institute has just released its Policy Report, 100 Ideas for 100 Days.

According to the summary on Goldwater’s website,

The principles of individual rights and limited government enshrined in the Arizona Constitution are as relevant today as they were when it was written almost 100 years ago. Indeed, its words are the very foundation of ideas that will advance freedom. Article II, Section II of the Arizona Constitution clearly states the purpose of government: “All political power is inherent in the people, and governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, and are established to protect and maintain individual rights.”

In that spirit the Goldwater Institute presents 100 Ideas for 100 Days—one idea for each day of the legislative session. These ideas will help lower the tax burden, give parents more choices in where their children go to school, and address the state’s billion dollar budget shortfall.

Several ideas listed include:

  • Day 1: Conform the state budget to the debt limit and special law requirements of the Arizona Constitution.
  • Day 14: Change the mission of the Arizona Department of Economic Security to be work-oriented rather than benefits-oriented.
  • Day 32: Restore free speech by referring to the ballot the repeal of the Clean Elections Act.
  • Day 45: Enforce fiscal responsibility by mandating “managed competition,” requiring government agencies to allow both private businesses and government departments to compete to furnish public services.
  • Day 57: End boom and bust budget cycles by enacting a constitutional expenditure limit that restricts budget growth to the rate of population growth and inflation.
  • Day 68: Prohibit any further lowering of AIMS cut scores by the State Board of Education.
  • Day 80: Remove the 2011 sunset on Arizona’s landmark tuition scholarship tax credit for low-income students.
  • Day 92: Make all health-related out-of-pocket expenses tax deductible.
  • Day 98: Expand the tax deduction for contributions to College Savings Accounts to grandparents and other family members.

If you want to read the entire report, please visit the Goldwater Institute website. We also urge you to contact your legislators and ask them to read the proposals and incorporate them into the legislative agenda.

Finally, the good news is that Governor Napolitano will soon be out of the way, so there is no excuse for the Arizona Legislature and Governor Jan Brewer to not entertain these ideas.


  1. They should subtitle this “A plan for the AZGOP to attain permanent minority status.”


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