SPN News: Goldwater Institute update (Jan/Feb 2011)

Posted on February 01, 2011 | Type: In the News
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This spring the Goldwater Institute will argue its first case before the U.S. Supreme Court. The Court will hear arguments against Arizona's "Clean Elections" system, which gives taxpayer-funded candidates matching funds when their privately-funded opponent spends money campaigning. The Institute asked a federal court to block a provision of Obamacare that prevents Congress from repealing the Independent Payment Advisory Board: a newly-created, unregulated board meant to control health care costs. Goldwater Institute investigative journalist Mark Flatten released "Undisciplined Bureaucracy," a report on the difficulty of firing problem government workers. Flatten discovered instances in which employees threatened bosses, falsified documents or slept on the job and still couldn't be terminated. Over a two-year period, Arizona state agencies put employees under disciplinary investigation on paid leave for a combined 100,000 hours: the equivalent of 48 years of full-time work.

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