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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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  • City, Police Union Sued By Taxpayers

    Posted on December 08, 2011 | Type: Press Release

    Calling it an unconstitutional giveaway that harms taxpayers and takes police resources off the streets, two Phoenix residents today filed suit against the City of Phoenix and the city’s largest police union, seeking to end the widespread practice of allowing public-sector employees to do union work while on the city payroll.

  • Taking on the union freebies

    Posted on December 07, 2011 | Type: Blog | Author: Clint Bolick

    In September, my colleague Mark Flatten released an investigative report showing that Phoenix and other Arizona cities spend millions of dollars every year to pay employees to perform union work on city time. Less than three months later, we are going to court on behalf of Phoenix taxpayers to put an end to the practice of union “release time.”

  • Report: Proposed Tax Credit Could Boost Jobs Outlook

    Posted on November 09, 2011 | Type: Press Release

    In Arizona and across the country, small business owners and entrepreneurs spend billions of dollars and countless hours complying with regulations. But a new recommendation from the Goldwater Institute could offer these businesses help – and boost the state’s jobs outlook along the way.

  • The Missing Reform: Regulatory Tax Credits

    Posted on November 09, 2011 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Nick Dranias

    Federal regulations have been estimated to cost $1.75 trillion per year, which is roughly 14 percent of total national income. All of these incredibly costly regulations slow economic activity and prevent the creation of jobs and wealth. Unfortunately, efforts to rein in excessive regulations have proven inadequate. But there is a powerful way to give government the missing incentive it needs—the regulatory tax credit

  • 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.

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