City & Local Reform
There are almost 90,000 local governments in America, with an average of one new local government born every day. Many are unaccountable to taxpayers and special interest-driven, and the Goldwater Institute’s “New Charter for American Cities” gives citizens the tools they need to fight City Hall and hold their local governments accountable.
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Reforming America's cities one policy at a timePosted on December 08, 2009 | Type: Blog | Author: Nick Dranias
Nine months ago, the Goldwater Institute introduced a plan to apply the principles of limited government to the governments closest to home. A New Charter for American Cities advocates the establishment of a “Local Liberty Charter” whereby citizens and local public officials could adopt a set of limited-government policies—a local bill of rights—to restrain local taxing and spending, reduce local regulation, and restructure local politics to check and balance governmental power.
CON: Proposition mandates huge expansion of city's payrollPosted on October 26, 2009 | Type: Op-Ed | Author: Nick Dranias
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.
Proposition mandates huge expansion of Tucson's payrollPosted on October 26, 2009 | Type: Blog | Author: Nick Dranias
Proposition 200 is marketed as an effort to focus Tucson on giving priority funding to core local government services--law enforcement, emergency medical services and fire protection--in order to generate better response times. But the truth is it would just mandate more government spending with no strings attached.
Securities fraud lawyers take aim at citiesPosted on October 21, 2009 | Type: Blog | Author: Nick Dranias
Cities beware. The grandiose promises of economic growth and tax revenues from municipal bond-funded building projects are the latest casualty of the faltering economy.
Tough economic times do not deter subsidiesPosted on October 15, 2009 | Type: Blog | Author: Clint Bolick
Amidst budget cuts and worker furloughs, some cities still are finding cash to subsidize developers.