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    Budget Trax Volume: 1 Issue: 1
    Author(s):
    C.J. Eisenbarth Hager
    Published: Friday, April 8, 2011

    Governor Jan Brewer signed into law the Fiscal 2012 budget that eliminates all child care subsidies in Arizona. While the full impact of that action won’t be felt for weeks and months after the law takes effect July 1, Budget Trax has measured what sharply reduced funding in recent years has meant to working parents, children and businesses, as well as to the potential impact to matching federal funding.

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    Policy Points Volume: 3 Issue: 1
    Author(s):
    Tom Rex
    Published: Thursday, January 13, 2011

    Despite all of the spending reductions, fund transfers, and other techniques used to balance the budget in the preceding few years, Arizona’s general fund faces a massive deficit. This issue of Policy Points poses an important question: Are you content with the historically low expenditures being made from the general fund and satisfied that the current low level of public services will be permanent?

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    Indicator Insight Volume: 3 Issue: 1
    Author(s):
    Tom Rex
    Published: Thursday, January 13, 2011

    Public finance—taxes and other revenues collected by government and the expenditure of those revenues—always has been somewhat controversial because of wide philosophical differences among residents regarding the role that government should play in providing public services and in collecting taxes and fees from its residents. Recently, public finance in Arizona has become a prominent public issue due to the need to resolve the deficits that afflict state government and most county and municipal governments in Arizona.

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    Policy Points Volume: 2 Issue: 5
    Author(s):
    Morrison Institute for Public Policy
    Bill Hart
    Published: Tuesday, November 9, 2010

    Over the past 30 years, Arizona’s criminal sentencing policy has helped drive up its prison population to unprecedented levels. Today, the cost of incarcerating Arizona’s 40,000+ prisoners is approaching $1 billion annually prompting some to call for revision of Arizona’s sentencing code. This issue of Policy Points presents an overview of the arguments for and against sentencing reform.

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    Special Report Volume: 1 Issue: 2
    Author(s):
    Morrison Institute for Public Policy
    Published: Monday, September 13, 2010

    Arizona’s electorate – regardless of political party registration – is dissatisfied with state
    government and its leadership, according to results of a September 2010 Morrison Institute-Knowledge
    Networks Poll.