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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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  • Debt and Taxes: Recommendations for Reform

    Posted on April 04, 2012 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Stephen Slivinski

    Arizonans, through their state and local governments, are in debt to the tune of $66.5 billion. That’s over $10,000 for every man, woman, and child in the state. To put that in perspective, the average person’s income in Arizona is less than $36,000 per year.

  • Local Control - Sometimes

    Posted on March 19, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Clint Bolick

    Whenever local bureaucrats or special-interest groups want to neutralize conservative legislators, one of their most-potent weapons is two words: “local control.”

  • It's time to burst the special-interest election bubble

    Posted on March 01, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Nick Dranias

    he year 2014 will mark a new era at the ballot-box for Arizona voters, if a critical piece of legislation passes the Arizona Legislature this spring. HB 2826, which would take effect in 2014, would consolidate all election dates across the state to November of even-numbered years. Based on recent experience of the City of Scottsdale from consolidating local elections, which saved the city nearly $200,000 in 2010, we can expect that taxpayers throughout the state would save millions of dollars every election cycle if HB 2826 became law.

  • A One-Two Punch to Government Union Release Time

    Posted on January 31, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Taylor Earl

    In December, the Goldwater Institute filed a constitutional challenge to the City of Phoenix’s practice of “release time” within the police union. This practice takes six city police officers off the streets and puts them behind desks to work as full-time union managers, 35 to work as part-time union representatives, and one to work full time as a union lobbyist – all while collecting city salaries and benefits.

  • Do Police Officers Pay for Release Time?

    Posted on January 18, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Taylor Earl

    The Goldwater Institute recently filed a lawsuit challenging Phoenix’s “release time” practice that sends six city police officers to work as full-time union managers, 35 to work as part-time union representatives, and one to work as a union lobbyist. Although these employees are released from city duties to perform union duties, taxpayers continue to pay the officers’ salaries and benefits.

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