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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City of Mesa throws Cubs a softball, will taxpayers cry foul?Posted on November 03, 2011 | Type: Blog | Author: Carrie Ann Sitren
Mesa pitched a softball to the Chicago Cubs baseball team, and the Cubs hit it out of the park – but taxpayers should cry foul. Under a new contract, the city will shell out $84 million to build a sparkling new stadium for Cubs spring training. The city promised an additional $15 million for parking, power lines, and other infrastructure, on top of costs for maintenance and capital improvements for 30 years.
Phoenix Labor Union Targets Former Trustee Who Questioned How Taxpayer Money is SpentPosted on October 27, 2011 | Type: Investigative Report | Author: Mark Flatten
Natasha Nimer had a simple question: As a trustee in a local labor union representing City of Phoenix employees, did she have a duty to check the books of a taxpayer-funded insurance account it managed? So she asked the executive board of AFSCME Local 2960. The response was an emphatic “no.” She dropped the matter and thought it would end there. She was wrong.
Snow shovels needed for Goodyear city councilPosted on October 19, 2011 | Type: Blog | Author: Nick Dranias
It rarely snows in the Valley — especially in October. But the Goodyear city council is about to get snowed by United Goodyear Fire Department Local 4005.
How Courts Can Help End Public-Sector CollusionPosted on September 22, 2011 | Type: Blog | Author: Nick Dranias
From Phoenix to Pima County, politicians and public-sector unions routinely agree to put union representatives on the government payroll, paying them millions of taxpayer dollars exclusively for union work, renewing these agreements year after year. And no wonder — everyone at the bargaining table wins: Unions secure funding and elected officials secure union support. But taxpayers — who have no seat at the table — lose.
Money for Nothing: Phoenix taxpayers foot the bill for union workPosted on September 21, 2011 | Type: Investigative Report | Author: Mark Flatten
Phoenix taxpayers spend millions of dollars to pay full salary and benefits for city employees to work exclusively for labor unions, a Goldwater Institute investigation found.