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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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  • Phoenix Labor Union Targets Former Trustee Who Questioned How Taxpayer Money is Spent

    Posted 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 council

    Posted 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 Collusion

    Posted 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 work

    Posted 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.

  • A Pattern of Lawlessness in Quartzsite

    Posted on July 20, 2011 | Type: Video

    Goldwater Institute attorney Christina Kohn appeared on the Fox Business Network's Freedom Watch to discuss the chaos in Quartzsite, Ariz., where the town council has shut the mayor out of power and put the chief of police in charge.

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