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Phoenix--For the second year in a row, the Goldwater Institute has been named Arizona's "Best Capitol Watchdog" by Arizona Capitol Times readers.
"If this award makes even one shady elected official break out in a cold sweat, we've done our job. Freedom needs a knight, and we're honored to lead the charge," said Darcy Olsen, president & CEO of the Goldwater Institute. "There are many extraordinary people working to keep government in check, and we couldn't be happier to be counted among them."
There are reports that the City of Glendale could give the Phoenix Coyotes $15 million a year to help keep them in business. The Goldwater Institute's Carrie Ann Sitren talked with Channel 12 about how far cities can go in helping private businesses.
Over the past week, many have asked why the Goldwater Institute - a policy group that strongly supports effective law-enforcement - would issue a critical report entitled "Mission Unaccomplished: The Misplaced Priorities of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office." The answer: because no government agency, particularly one entrusted with protecting the public, should be immune from public scrutiny.
The Maricopa County Sheriffs Office prides itself on being an agency that provides professional quality law enforcement, detention and support services. But a close look at the office by the Goldwater Institute shows MCSO falls short in these three core areas.
A new policy report, Mission Unaccomplished: The Misplaced Priorities of the Maricopa County Sheriffs Office, takes a candid look at what the Sheriffs Office is doing and provides recommendations on how MCSO and other police agencies can provide more effective and efficient law enforcement services.
Goldwater Institute litigation director Clint Bolick talks about his policy report, Mission Unaccomplished: The Misplaced Priorities of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office with Channel 3.
Goldwater Institute litigation director, Clint Bolick, sat down with 12 News to talk about his new policy report, Mission Unaccomplished, and how MCSO and police agencies in general can provide more efficient and effective law enforcement.
Phoenix--Today the Goldwater Institute released its sixth annual Legislative Report Card, which scores Arizona lawmakers on 237 votes cast this year. The Report Card's goal is to determine whether or not lawmakers adhere to the principles of limited government set forth in the U.S. and Arizona Constitutions.
KOLD News 13 General Manager Jim Arnold says the new Goldwater Institute report "Piercing the Fog: A Call for Greater Transparency in State and Local Government" offers a good plan for allowing taxpayers to see where their money is being spent.
Phoenix--Remember $800 toilet seats? Imagine if you could Google down to the penny how your tax dollars are being spent. Today the Goldwater Institute released a new report calling for increased transparency in state budgeting by requiring government agencies to begin posting all financial transactions in an easily searchable online database.
Phoenix--Today the City of Phoenix and CityNorth lost their requests asking the Goldwater Institute to pay attorneys fees in its case challenging a $100 million subsidy to the developer of the CityNorth shopping mall.