Tag: Government

The State and the Cities: Working Out the Relationship

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Reports and Publications
July 2018
David R. Berman

Arizona’s governance structure is built on natural tensions between state and city governments. Recent actions by the state, however, have opened the debate on whether the state has gone too far in departing from the tradition of restraint. One major area of contention, especially among cities, has been the passage of SB1487. It allows the state to investigate any claim that a municipal or county government has violated a state law, and then withhold state-shared revenues if local governments don’t comply.
 

The Arizona Polity: Continuity, Change and an Uncertain Future

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Reports and Publications
November 2017
David Berman

This paper seeks to go beyond images and impressions to draw upon theories about Arizona’s political culture and the forces that appear to drive politics and policy making. The concern is not so much with what has been unique about Arizona, but with the important values, beliefs and behavioral patterns that have been reflected in its political life over the years.  Political culture helps account for continuity in the life of a polity. It reflects the basic idea that “governments, even revolutionary ones, do not spring full-grown from the air like rabbits from a magician’s hat.

$9.1 billion state budget is all about speed, cuts

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Reports and Publications
March 2015
Kristin Borns

This March 19, 2015 review of Arizona's state budget looks at the balancing act between fiscal responsibility and social investment in education and other public programs:

In what felt like record time – far earlier than the normal 100-day target – the Arizona Legislature passed the first budget of Governor Doug Ducey’s term. Its quick passage was hailed as an example of collaboration between the Governor and fellow Republican leadership, with the minority Democratic Party again unable to muster a meaningful role in the budget’s specifics or direction.

Governor’s budget sets tone for session of cuts

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Reports and Publications
February 2015
Kristin Borns

Feb. 4, 2015 / Governor Doug Ducey's inaugural budget proposal comes as the state continues to slowly recover from the Great Recession.  The budget also attempts to tackle a deficit the Governor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Budgeting estimates at $159.6 million for the current fiscal year and potentially more than $533 million for FY2016.


In Brief: New governor, new directions

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Reports and Publications
November 2014
David R. Berman

Morrison Institute Senior Research Fellow David R. Berman looks at the priorites Governor-elect Doug Ducey must face, including a $520 million budget deficit.

Abandoning Merit Selection: 'A Great Step Backwards?'

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Reports and Publications
February 2011
David Berman

This briefing examines the past, present and potentially future ways judges in Arizona are selected/elected. There are a number of bills looking to make both small and major modifications to Arizona’s judicial system. Potential changes include adding public comment and rulings information to pamphlets created for judicial selection, increasing the number of Supreme Court justices to seven and restricting the Supreme Court’s authority. There are also a handful of bills that would directly impact merit selection if they were successful this session.


User Fees: The Hidden, 'Other' Tax

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Reports and Publications
January 2011
C.J. Eisenbarth Hager

Faced with falling revenues, many states are looking to user fees to provide additional revenue. This primer reviews the role of user fees, lessons learned from various government entities, and looks at current fees charged by some Arizona state agencies.


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