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  • Will: Union business, on the taxpayers' dime

    Posted on March 15, 2012 | Type: In the News | Author: George Will

    Sal DiCiccio says he’s sorry. It is, he says, no excuse that the complex labor contracts that he, as a member of the city council, voted to ratify for city employees were presented to the council less than a week before the vote. He says he should have seen that the contracts contain some indefensible, not to mention unconstitutional, provisions, such as those pertaining to “release time.”

  • AZ Week: Protect Employees or Cut Red Tape?

    Posted on March 05, 2012 | Type: In the News

    “What does it take to discipline a government worker?," asked Mark Flatten, an investigative journalist for the Goldwater Institute. He reported and wrote the influential piece. "What we found is there is a litany of rules, regulations, statutes, in some cases union contracts that make it very difficult, very time consuming, very expensive,” Flatten said in an Arizona Week interview.

  • Another Tombstone showdown: The town vs. the federal government

    Posted on March 05, 2012 | Type: In the News

    Wyatt Earp might be long gone, but there is another showdown underway in Tombstone, Ariz. — this time between the town and the federal government.

  • NPR: Arizona Lawmakers Target Public Workers' Unions

    Posted on February 09, 2012 | Type: In the News

    One of the four measures would ban collective bargaining between governments and government workers.

  • SPN News: Goldwater Institute update (Jan/Feb 2012)

    Posted on February 08, 2012 | Type: In the News

    Following up on a Goldwater Institute investigative report that uncovered how Phoenix and countless other cities spend millions of dollars on pay and benefits for city workers to do work for their unions, the Institute is challenging the union’s contract in court. It’s a case that could impact the 25 other states with similar state-constitution gift clauses. In other news, Goldwater is again challenging Arizona’s taxpayer funded campaign finance law, less than six months after the “matching funds” provision was struck down in the U.S. Supreme Court. This time, the Institute is demanding an end to the use of taxpayer money for illegal self-promotion. State officials have spent millions of taxpayer dollars on self-promotional ads ahead of a November referendum that could end public funding for political campaigns. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker keynoted the 2011 Goldwater Dinner, at which he said, “Frugality in government brings freedom and prosperity for our people.”

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