Many of our conservative lawmakers are no fans of government health care and have suggested that instead of expanding Medicaid in line with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) that Arizona continue its enrollment freeze on childless (non-custodial) adults while having the state take over financing the program, suggesting the rainy day fund with $450 million as a possible revenue source.
The Grand Canyon Institute (GCI) evaluated the fiscal and economic circumstances of expanding Medicaid under the auspices of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) versus continuing a freeze on coverage for single adults, but expanding coverage to all children under 133 percent of the Federal Poverty Line as required by the ACA, and also compared to fully funding the citizen-approved Proposition 204 “Healthy Arizona” Medicaid requirements while also expanding coverage to all children under 133 percent of the Federal Poverty Line as required in the ACA.
The Arizona legislature is considering four bills including one that would ban state and local governmental entities from recognizing public sector unions, prohibit collective bargaining, and meeting and conferring with union representatives. According to the bill’s proponents, taxpayers are unfairly burdened by public workers' contracts negotiated by unions.
Imagine a much drier Arizona than exists today. Drought conditions persist or worsen, Colorado River flows have diminished and water storage at Lake Mead drops to levels requiring shortage declarations. Farmers send their water to cities, drying up land and sending regional economies dependent on agriculture into a tailspin. Groundwater pumping in excess of that amount replenished naturally has caused overdraft of Arizona’s aquifers, reducing or eliminating river flows and drying