A government that operates behind closed doors cannot be the government of a free people. The Goldwater Institute has prompted several reforms shining light into the inner workings of government, including the nation’s most comprehensive online database of line-by-line government spending and restrictions on politicians using tax money for self-promotion. Our regular watchdog reports are helping citizens hold their elected officials accountable.
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MEDIA ADVISORY: UNION, CITY ALLIES ASKS JUDGE TO APPROVE EXTRA 16,000 HOURS OF VACATION TIME FOR UNION BUSINESSPosted on March 06, 2014 | Type: Press Release
Following a January court ruling declaring taxpayer-funded union activism in public labor contracts unconstitutional, a police union in Phoenix is asking a judge to bless a scheme that would dole out an additional 1,000 hours per week of vacation to use on whatever union members want--chiefly, union business.
MEDIA ADVISORY: GOLDWATER INSTITUTE ASKS JUDGE TO BLOCK NEW PHOENIX RELEASE TIME PROVISIONS SET TO TAKE EFFECT MONDAYPosted on February 21, 2014 | Type: Press Release
The Goldwater Institute today filed a motion for temporary restraining order to bar a controversial part of the release-time agreement approved by the Phoenix City Council yesterday by a 6-3 vote that is set to go into effect on Monday.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: LAWSUIT AIMS TO STOP UNCONSTITUTIONAL BID PREFERENCE POLICIESPosted on February 10, 2014 | Type: Press Release
Bid preference policies cost taxpayers more, enable politicians to play favorites with government dollars
Hirshman v. Rothschild (Bid Preference Suit)Posted on February 06, 2014 | Type: Case
The City of Tucson recently enacted a discriminatory local bid preference ordinance, casting off the fundamental concepts of fairness, openness, and predictability in the public procurement process. In doing so, the city raised costs for taxpayers in Tucson and throughout the state, guaranteeing Tucsonans will pay more for public services, while encouraging other cities to discriminate against Tucson businesses that seek to do work outside Old Pueblo.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: STATE LEGISLATORS ADVANCING ARTICLE V CONVENTION TO TACKLE $17.4 TRILLION FEDERAL DEBTPosted on February 04, 2014 | Type: Press Release
It's no secret that politicians in Washington have a spending addiction--to the tune of roughly $54,000 in federal debt per every newborn baby (that's more than the median household income!). With federal spending burgeoning, lawmakers in at least four states are moving quickly during state legislative sessions to rein in the beltway largess.