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>

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. 

In 1998, the year Barry Goldwater passed away, the Goldwater Institute produced a short video about him.

Watch it here.


If I live to be 120 years old, I wont hear another statement so brazenly and knowingly mistaken as the one uttered by Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) regarding the current financial crisis: The private sector got us into this mess. The government has to get us out of it.

Say the statement out loud. Swish its sour taste in your mouth. This statement is the precise opposite of the truth. As chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, Frank knows better.

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.

Phoenix--A coalition of six policy organizations that agree on very few other issues came together yesterday in a friend-of-the-court brief arguing against efforts by the City of Phoenix and the developer of the CityNorth mall to collect $688,000 in attorneys fees from the Goldwater Institute in its challenge to a $97.4 million taxpayer subsidy for the mall.



Phoenix--Last night the Arizona Capitol Times announced the Goldwater Institute won its annual Best Capitol Watchdog award.  Darcy Olsen, president of the Goldwater Institute said, There are a lot of watchdog organizations doing powerful work in Arizona, and we are thrilled to be counted among the most effective.

Readers and the editorial board of the Capitol Times make the selection annually, along with some 50 other awards. In winning the award, the Goldwater Institute edged out the Sierra Club and the Arizona Tax Research Association.

Thomas Jefferson once wrote, We might hope to see the finances of the Union as clear and intelligible as a merchants books, so that every member of Congress and every man of any mind in the Union should be able to comprehend them, to investigate abuses, and consequently to control them.

Its taken a while, but policy-makers across the nation are embracing this idea.