Government Accountability

Back-room deals and closed doors are not the stuff of free governments. Our work is making governments more transparent and accountable to citizens.

<p>Back-room deals and closed doors are not the stuff of free governments. Our work is making governments more transparent and accountable to citizens.</p>

An analysis of Legislative Report Card votes in constitutional policy

The Goldwater Institute's 2006 Legislative Report Card shows both chambers scored reasonably well in constitutional government, a B- for the Senate and a C+ for the House. Even so, there were far too many setbacks for liberty.

This fall, Arizonans will have more information than ever about judges.  The Center for Arizona Policy (CAP) recently sent questions about judicial philosophy to 50 judges up for reelection.  By answering those questions, judges will provide citizens with a clear picture of where they stand on pertinent issues of law and justice. 

In the 2006 legislative session there was some good, some bad and some ugly. As the Goldwater Institute's just released Legislative Report Card reveals, in tax and budget policy the Senate scored a collective C and the House an F+.

The good: The legislature followed up last year's business property tax cut with a ten percent drop in personal income tax rates over two years and a three-year suspension of the 42 cent County Equalization property tax. These cuts return millions of dollars to Arizona households.

In 1969, Neil Armstrong captured world attention with his momentous walk on the moon. The Legislature recently took its own step by passing wine reform legislation, opening up competition in the Arizona wine market. That's one small step for wine consumers, one giant leap for economic liberty.

According to the National Journal, officials at the National Science Foundation and the Department of Education (DOE) are exploring Title IX's applications to specific areas of study, but only in disciplines that will benefit women.

With over 300 days of sunshine a year, we know Arizonans love their sunshine.  This week, Americans nationwide celebrate a different kind of sunshine ’" the kind that opens government’s doors and shines the light of liberty on its affairs.

Next time you read about Arizona’s looming water “catastrophe,” take a drive south on I-10 and look at all the cotton farms. In 2004, the federal government spent $64 million subsidizing cotton in Arizona, a water-intensive crop better suited to Mississippi than the Sonoran Desert.

A new ruling by a federal court in Washington State may shed light on whether Arizona’s wine laws are constitutional. 

Plaintiffs are asking the federal district court in Phoenix to declare Arizona’s wine distribution system unconstitutional because it discriminates against out-of-state wineries. 

Arizonans may soon be raising their glasses to more than 10,000 varieties of wine. Black Star Farms, a Michigan winery, and several East Valley residents have filed a federal court challenge to the constitutionality of Arizona's wine shipping regulations.  

The challenge comes in the wake of Granholm v. Heald, in which the U.S. Supreme Court struck down similar programs in New York and Michigan. But Arizona still has not acted to repeal its unconstitutional laws.

Ordinary citizens can have a difficult time making sense of the political process. The legislature particularly can seem arcane and dense with detail. Voters frequently become apathetic when faced with unraveling a mountain of confusing, competing claims.

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