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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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  • 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.

  • Risk vs. Rewards: Chandler police raise risk to officers as they chase lucrative out-of-town drug deals

    Posted on March 14, 2011 | Type: Investigative Report | Author: Mark Flatten

    Chandler police Detective Carlos Ledesma was sitting at a card table when the drug bust went sour. He did not even have time to stand before being cut down by four rifle shots to the chest, and he died a short time later.

  • A Critical Battle Over The Sports Economics Model

    Posted on March 10, 2011 | Type: In the News | Author: Warren Meyer

    A critical battle is underway challenging the very heart of the professional sports economics model. The unlikely fight is between a struggling league (the NHL), a suburb with delusions of grandeur (Glendale, Arizona), and a small, regional think tank (the Goldwater Institute). At stake is an important source of value for nearly every professional sports team: taxpayer subsidies.

  • Christina Kohn talks with KNST about an 'obesity zoning' plan that may be coming to Pima County

    Posted on February 10, 2011 | Type: Audio

    The Goldwater Institute's Christina Kohn joined Garret Lewis, host of The Morning Ritual on KNST in Tucson, to talk about Pima County's apparent plan to use federal stimulus funds to implement so-called 'obesity zoning' in southern Arizona.

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