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>

During the 1990s, New York City achieved stunning drops in crime from the “broken windows” community policing strategy adopted by Police Commissioner William Bratton. In two years, murder declined by 39 percent, robberies by about 33 percent and burglaries by 25 percent. New York’s approach completed the evolution of community policing from a reactive model into a proactive one, focusing on aggressive, effective crime-reduction that maintains order and holds police officers accountable. Aspects of this approach have been successfully adopted by a number of cities, including some in Arizona. Sustaining these gains requires embedding high-performance policing throughout a department to shield police agencies from the potentially corrupting influence of drug cartels - especially as the chaos in the border areas of Mexico threatens to spill over.

The Goldwater Institute's Byron Schlomach weighed in on a CBS 5 News story about a City of Phoenix housing program that appears to be wasting taxpayer dollars.

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The Goldwater Institute expresses grave reservations over the forthcoming issuance of bonds by the City of Glendale to help finance the private purchase of the Phoenix Coyotes. The City appears to be taking an extreme and possibly illegal gamble with taxpayer money. The Institute plans to provide a formal evaluation of the deal in the near future, but releases this statement in light of the bond ratings issued Wednesday by Moody’s Investor Service in connection with $116 million in bonds the City plans to sell next week.

KFYI's Barry Young spent some time talking about Goldwater Institute investigative reporter Mark Flatten's new report about the difficulty in firing a problem government worker.

The Goldwater Institute's investigative reporter Mark Flatten appeared on CBS 5 News to talk about his investigation, Undisciplined Bureaucracy, which explores the difficulty in firing a problem government worker.

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Goldwater Institute investigative reporter Mark Flatten's latest investigation, Undisciplined Bureaucracy, which focused on the difficulty in terminating an inept government employee, was featured on KTVK TV3.

After Goldwater Institute investigative journalist Mark Flatten released, Undisciplined Bureaucracy, his story about how hard it is to terminate a problem government employee, KFYI's Barry Young talked about the investigation on his show.

Phoenix--U.S. District Court Judge Henry Hudson today ruled that the federal health care law requiring individuals to purchase government-prescribed health insurance exceeds congressional powers and therefore violates the Constitution.

“This is the opening salvo in the battle to bring down one of the most intrusive laws ever passed,” declared Clint Bolick, director of the Goldwater Institute Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation, which has filed its own legal challenge to the law in federal court in Phoenix.

Goldwater Institute investigative journalist Mark Flatten talked with KFYI's Mike Broomhead about his latest investigation "Undisciplined Bureaucracy," which exposes the difficulty in disciplining a problem government worker.

Sleeping on duty, threatening co-workers, falsifying documents, rudeness, sexual harassment and poor performance would get you fired from most jobs.

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