State pension program are collectively $24 billion underfunded. Paying down that debt is a wiser use of resources than establishing a big-dollar sinking fund for unspecified water augmentation projects.
Monthly Archives: January 2022
US shouldn’t have played Putin’s game
Why is the United States Russia’s primary interlocutor on Ukraine, when our security interests there are, at most, peripheral?
Redistricting Commission sputters to a close
New congressional map greatly enhances Republican prospects. New legislative map expands the playing field for Democrats. Plus a reform that would improve the process.
A possible grand bargain on taxes on education spending
Arizona can have an income tax cut and a big increase in voter-protected K-12 spending, if the antagonists can pause the fighting long enough to see and seize the opportunity.
Sinema should accept the message and become an independent
Sinema is wrong about the filibuster, but the attacks on her by progressives are demagogic nonsense.
Arizona Supreme Court comes up short in budget bills ruling
The decision may not have as big of an effect on how the Legislature puts together future budgets as expected.
Biden blames Big Meat, not excessive monetary and fiscal stimulus, for inflation
It used to be mostly unfair to blame Biden for inflation. It has become less so.
The political paradox that is Doug Ducey
Despite seven years of generally successful center-right governance, the business community is his only steadfast constituency.
Forecast is for a miserable legislative session
An unprepared Legislature is facing monumental uncertainty on both policy and politics.
Why is Arizona providing tax-exempt financing to out-of-state projects?
The Legislature should curtail the activities of the Arizona Industrial Development Authority.