City & Local Reform
It turns out that you can fight town hall. Here’s how we’re standing up for local citizens and winning.
Glendale officials insist it’s time to end the debate over a $197 million incentive package the city is offering to a Chicago investor who wants to buy the Phoenix Coyotes and keep the struggling hockey team playing at the Jobing.com arena.
The deal that has been proposed is legal, they say.
The taxpayers are protected.
There are iron-clad guarantees the team will not be moved, even if it goes into bankruptcy again.
All of the relevant questions, advocates claim, have been answered.
By Warren Meyer
A critical battle is underway challenging the very heart of the professional sports economics model — and it is not the NFL labor negotiations. The unlikely fight is between a struggling league (the NHL), a suburb with delusions of grandeur (Glendale, Arizona), and a small, regional think tank (the Goldwater Institute). At stake is an important source of value for nearly every professional sports team: taxpayer subsidies.
Chandler police Detective Carlos Ledesma was sitting at a card table when the drug bust went sour. He did not even have time to stand before being cut down by four rifle shots to the chest, and he died a short time later.
The Goldwater Institute's Christina Kohn joined Garret Lewis, host of The Morning Ritual on KNST in Tucson, to talk about Pima County's apparent plan to use federal stimulus funds to implement so-called 'obesity zoning' in southern Arizona.
The Goldwater Institute's Clint Bolick went on ABC 15 immediately after arguing the appeal in the Mesa Cultural Impact Fees case.
The Goldwater Institute Watchdog Report is a periodic publication intended to identify government corruption and waste and to hold politicians and public agencies accountable to taxpayers.
When Phoenix realized that it faced a projected $245 million budget shortfall for the coming fiscal year, new City Manager David Cavazos requested that every department submit proposed budget reductions ranging from 7 to 25 percent. Those proposals were placed on his desk in November and early December. But when the Goldwater Institute asked for them, they disappeared into a black hole.
PHOENIX--Some Arizona cities that recruit major shopping malls and high-rise buildings have used a special tax incentive that waives most of the development's property taxes, often for 50 years or longer.
PHOENIX--The City of Phoenix refuses to share with the public any records that might reveal details about a proposed tax exemption to help a downtown hotel remodel its rooms and hallways.
With Tucson's local tax and fee revenues plummeting, it's the right time to focus local government spending on the essentials. So, Proposition 200 may seem like a great idea.