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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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  • Arizona Supreme Court Denies School District's Appeal

    Posted on May 31, 2013 | Type: Press Release

    Upholding a decision that protects taxpayers from being abused by school districts misusing bond money, the Arizona Supreme Court affirmed a Court of Appeals ruling Wednesday by denying the Cave Creek Unified School District’s appeal in an ongoing legal fight between the Goldwater Institute and the district.

  • Charter Schools Should have Better Access to Empty Public School Buildings

    Posted on May 28, 2013 | Type: Blog | Author: Jonathan Butcher

    The wave of school building closures comes at a time when charter schools are disproportionally represented in the list of the top performing schools in the state. As TUSD shutters schools, shouldn’t the district find a way for successful charter schools to move in and give families better options?

  • Pension Systems Looting the Taxpayer

    Posted on May 22, 2013 | Type: Blog | Author: Byron Schlomach

    Have you ever squeezed a balloon and had parts of it squeeze out between your fingers? Unless you pop the balloon with a pin, it will reemerge somewhere else when you squeeze it. Public employee pensions have become balloons, and abuse of public pension systems keeps oozing despite attempts to put the squeeze on it.

  • Media Advisory: Ruling Halts Taxpayer-Funded Union Activism

    Posted on April 23, 2013 | Type: Press Release

    Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Katherine Cooper granted a preliminary injunction Tuesday against the practice of “release time” in a Phoenix labor contract with the local police union, the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association (PLEA). Release time is a provision in government labor contracts allowing public employees to collect taxpayer-funded salaries and benefits while being "released" to do union work, including lobbying, electioneering, and other forms of political activism.

  • Phoenix and Tucson Try to Skirt Election Law

    Posted on April 18, 2013 | Type: Blog | Author: Taylor Earl

    Like most states across the country, Arizona has long suffered from abysmally low voter turnout in local elections. In the state’s two largest cities – Phoenix and Tucson – voter turnout rates for the most recent local candidate elections hovered at a mere 30 percent.

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