Sometimes, a good idea is enough – and other times, you need a good idea and a lawyer. On topics as diverse as federal health care, protecting freedom of speech and protecting taxpayers and business owners, the Goldwater Institute ensures that government at all levels adheres to the constitution by standing up for taxpayers’ rights in court.
PLEA v. DUPUYPosted on October 03, 2014 | Type: Case
As the result of litigation brought by the Goldwater Institute in the Wright v. Stanton case, the unlawful practice of pension spiking among public safety workers, which had been entrenched in Phoenix for over 25 years, ended on July 1, 2014, when the City removed unlawful pension spiking provisions from their contracts with government unions.
Florida's Personal Learning Scholarship AccountsPosted on July 31, 2014 | Type: Case
The Personal Learning Scholarship Account Program (PLSA) was established in 2014 to provide parents the option to better meet the individual needs of their eligible children. Personal Learning Scholarship Accounts are administered by eligible nonprofit scholarship-funding organizations (SFO). Parents of eligible children may use the accounts to purchase approved goods or services, as well as provide for prepaid college plans.
Faasse v. ScottPosted on July 30, 2014 | Type: Case
In May 2014, the Florida Legislature passed SB 850, which was a comprehensive education bill. In part, the bill created the innovative Personal Learning Scholarship Account (PLSA) program. The purpose of the PLSA Program is to empower parents of special needs children to direct educational funds toward a combination of programs and approved providers in order to address the unique and individualized needs of their children as each parent sees fit. The Florida Education Association (FEA), through its member Tom Faasse, has filed suit challenging SB 850. FEA claims that SB 850 violates the Florida Constitution's "single subject" rule, which requires that every bill passed contain only one subject. However, the subject of SB 850 is clearly education. If FEA prevails in its suit, the PLSA program will be wiped off the books and many families will lose the opportunity give their special needs children the unique and specialized education they need to thrive as adults. FEA’s attorney, Ron Meyer, has called the personalized learning accounts "a collateral casualty" in the lawsuit. The Goldwater Institute has filed to join the State of Florida in opposing the lawsuit in order to protect the right of parents to direct the education of their special needs children.
Coons v. Lew (IPAB/federal health care lawsuit)Posted on May 12, 2014 | Type: Case
On August 12, 2010 the Goldwater Institute filed a lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act, challenging the constitutionality of the rationing board IPAB and the individual mandate.
Cheatham v. DiCiccioPosted on April 24, 2014 | Type: Case
In September, Goldwater Institute investigative reporter Mark Flatten released an investigative report showing that Phoenix and other Arizona cities spend millions of dollars every year to pay employees to perform union work on city time. It's called "release time." The Goldwater Institute is taking on the city's contract with the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association (PLEA). By executing this deal with PLEA, the members of the Phoenix City Council have violated the Arizona Constitution and their duty of loyalty to the taxpayers.