Thursday, August 14, 2008

Majority rule would curb state spending

Excellent article by Clint Bolick of the Goldwater Institute in the Tribune yesterday on the Majority Rule initiative. Some excerpts -
The question presented by Proposition 105 — the Majority Rule initiative — is as simple as it is compelling: Should a minority of Arizona voters have the power to forever commit the state to increased spending and taxation?

Most spending and taxing initiatives are backed by powerful special interest groups that have failed to persuade our elected representatives to do their bidding. Instead, wielding lavishly funded advertising campaigns, they turn to the ballot box, knowing that with low turnout they will only have to persuade perhaps a third of the electorate to vote “yes.” They never reveal to voters that once adopted, the spending and taxation will be locked in forever unless repealed by subsequent initiative.

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