Budget

News Release | Arizona PIRG | Budget

Arizona Bond Rating Downgraded in Part Due to Budget Gimmicks

The rating agency Moody’s Investors Service recently downgraded Arizona’s bond rating.  A major factor in the rating downgrade was Arizona’s reliance on band-aid solutions to deep budget problems.  The Arizona Public Interest Research Group (Arizona PIRG) has been calling on lawmakers to implement common-sense solutions for addressing the state's budget woes, rather than relying on short-term fixes.

News Release | Arizona PIRG | Budget

New Fiscal Year, Same Budget Gimmicks?

With the start of a new fiscal year for the State of Arizona, Arizona PIRG called on lawmakers to implement common-sense solutions for addressing our budget woes, rather than relying on short-term fixes.  Analysts estimate that as the new fiscal year begins, the state already faces a budget deficit of $368 million to $1.3 billion dollars.

Report | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Budget

Following the Money 2010

State governments across the country are changing that. At least 32 states currently mandate that residents be able to access an online database of government expenditures with “checkbook-level” detail. Most of these Web sites are also searchable, making it easier for residents to obtain information about government spending. This report evaluates states’ progress toward “Transparency 2.0” – a new standard of comprehensive, one-stop, one-click budget accountability and accessibility.

News Release | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Budget

Arizona Recieves an “F” on Transparency of Government Spending

Arizona gets an “F” when it comes to openness about government spending, according to a new Arizona PIRG Education Fund report, Following the Money: How the 50 States Rate in Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data.

News Release | Arizona PIRG | Budget

Group Issues Study to Save Taxpayers over a Trillion Dollars

As concerns mount of the government’s growing deficit, the Arizona Public Interest Research Group (Arizona PIRG) issued a new list of policy recommendations that would save American taxpayers over a trillion dollars.

News Release | Arizona PIRG | Budget, Transportation

U.S. House Acts To Create Jobs, Put Nation On Path To Economic Stability

Arizona PIRG lauds the passage of H.R. 1, the American Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act by the U.S. House of Representatives.

News Release | Arizona PIRG | Budget

“Crisis Fee” Good First Step, But Banks Owe Much More

According to the Arizona Public Interest Research Group (Arizona PIRG), the “Financial Crisis Responsibility Fee” announced by President Barack Obama earlier today is a good first step toward paying taxpayers back for the money lent out under the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).

News Release | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Budget

With State Deadline Passed, Advocates Issue Own Transparency Report

According to the law, the Arizona Department of Administration (ADOA) was to issue a report by September 1, 2009, detailing progress toward creation of a governmental transparency system. When the deadline for the initial transparency report passed, the Arizona PIRG Education Fund issued its own report.

Report | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Budget

Transparency 2.0

The Arizona PIRG Education Fund reviewed how current Arizona policy compares to best practices among Transparency 2.0 states that have upgraded their budget transparency systems. This report makes the case that Arizona must seize the opportunity to become a leader of the nationwide movement of state governments enhancing budget transparency in order to increase efficiency, accountability, and public trust.

News Release | Arizona PIRG | Budget

Bailout Transparency Improves, But Still Falls Far Short

The administration’s efforts to bring transparency and accountability to the $700 billion bailout squeaks by earning mostly “Cs” on Arizona PIRG'S latest Bailout Report Card.  While the grades are not impressive, they do represent an improvement from the first Bailout Report Card for the previous administration, which earned almost entirely “Fs.”

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