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>

Have you ever tried to do cost comparisons for medical services? You do it all the time for your car, your house, food and clothes. But its not easy to find out what medical services cost before you buy. Of course, most of us aren't too concerned because we figure were not paying the bill anyway.

A bill that would require local governments to disclose how they spend our money passed the House Government committee a few weeks ago. One member who voted against HB 2615 said transparency was a good concept but the cost of posting information might not be worth the trade-off.

As the state has faced mountains of red ink over the last few years, one of the budget casualties has been the State Parks department. Some parks have been temporarily closed to save money and permanently closing others has been debated. As the economy begins to recover, all parks that were temporarily closed have reopened, but that doesn’t mean the department is out of the woods. The real obstacle to keeping our state parks open isn’t money. It’s bureaucracy.

The Goldwater Institute has repeatedly met and talked with Glendale officials, including Mayor Elaine Scruggs, to try to resolve the constitutional conundrum raised by the city’s effort to subsidize the sale of the Phoenix Coyotes. But the Goldwater Institute will not turn a blind eye to Glendale’s plan to spend hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to prop up the Coyotes in violation of the state constitution.

Phoenix, AZ — Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Dean Fink ruled Thursday that Glendale, Ariz.’s $425 million arena management agreement with the potential buyer of the Phoenix Coyotes did not violate the City requirement to competitive bid contracts over $50,000.

Horizon interviews Goldwater Institute's lead attorney Carrie Ann Sitren on our lawsuit over Glendale City Council's handling of the Phoenix Coyotes arena deal.

The battle over the Phoenix Coyotes moved from the ice to the courthouse today as attorneys argued over whether the city of Glendale illegally approved a new lease for the team.

Phoenix, AZ—The Goldwater Institute filed a lawsuit Wednesday morning seeking to invalidate last week’s Glendale City Council vote authorizing the city to enter into an arena management agreement with the potential buyer of the bankrupt Phoenix Coyotes hockey team.

The Institute is representing two Glendale taxpayers who object to the illegal practices of the Glendale City Council.

The city of Glendale may be working towards an agreement to keep the Phoenix Coyotes in Glendale, but the city may be working without all the facts, the Goldwater Institute said.

A judge this week ruled that the city of Phoenix can’t pay police officers to conduct union work.

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