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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's bid rules for contracts called ripe for abuse

    Posted on July 06, 2011 | Type: In the News | Author: Emily Gersema

    Phoenix has no uniform set of procedures and policies for outside contracting and the guidelines it has relied on have been kept from both public view and City Council oversight, a situation that critics say could lead to unfairly awarded contracts and the waste of taxpayer dollars.

  • Empty promises for government employees

    Posted on April 27, 2011 | Type: Blog | Author: Byron Schlomach

    A recent Arizona Republic series revealed how some government employees are abusing Arizona’s pension systems by artificially boosting their salaries to collect a bigger pension, or by “double-dipping” – working while collecting retirement. That has strained Arizona’s pension funds. Unfortunately, even eliminating these abuses would still leave Arizona’s pension systems deeply in the red by more than $50 billion.

  • Governor can help Arizona cities deliver fiscal responsibility

    Posted on April 21, 2011 | Type: Blog | Author: Nick Dranias

    Arizona stands poised to take the lead in restoring fiscal responsibility to local government. With near-unanimous support from Republicans in the state Senate, both houses of the Legislature passed Senate Bill 1322 to furnish all large scale city services, other than police and fire protection, through open and competitive bidding. Based on similar “managed competition” approaches adopted by cities throughout the country, this crucial reform promises to save taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.

  • An Arizona city's sports mania encounters a hard check

    Posted on April 08, 2011 | Type: Op-Ed | Author: George Will

    PHOENIX – Suburban Glendale is less a community with professional sports facilities than a sports enterprise with a community held hostage to previous improvident decisions. Now Glendale’s government may multiply its follies — unless Arizona’s constitution saves the city from itself.

  • 12 questions Glendale should answer about Phoenix Coyotes deal

    Posted on March 24, 2011 | Type: Investigative Report | Author: Mark Flatten

    Glendale officials insist it’s time to end the debate over a $197 million incentive package the city is offering to a Chicago investor who wants to buy the Phoenix Coyotes and keep the struggling hockey team playing at the Jobing.com arena. But beyond words of assurance from the city, scant information has been provided about how much financial exposure the city’s taxpayers will face if the optimistic projections of a successful team do not pan out.

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