A government that operates behind closed doors cannot be the government of a free people. The Goldwater Institute has prompted several reforms shining light into the inner workings of government, including the nation’s most comprehensive online database of line-by-line government spending and restrictions on politicians using tax money for self-promotion. Our regular watchdog reports are helping citizens hold their elected officials accountable.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: IN APPLE DEAL, GOVERNMENT REPS DON’T GET TO SIGN AWAY “PUBLIC’S RIGHT TO KNOW”Posted on November 08, 2013 | Type: Press Release
Media reports this week indicate that public officials and staff from the Arizona Commerce Authority, the City of Mesa, and Maricopa County have signed confidentiality agreements to hide the content of their meetings with Apple Corporation as they worked to attract the tech giant to open operations in the area. According to the Goldwater Institute, attempts by public officials to hide information about how taxpayer dollars are being spent raises serious legal questions, especially in light of Arizona's broad public records laws requiring open and transparent government.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: STATE LEGISLATORS WORKING TO CREATE IDENTITY THEFT PROTECTIONS AGAINST OBAMACARE NAVIGATORSPosted on October 31, 2013 | Type: Press Release
As exchanges open, millions of federal dollars in navigator grants are being awarded to controversial groups, which will have access to private information yet not require a single background check for their staff.
2013 Legislative Report Card for ArizonaPosted on August 22, 2013 | Type: Report | Author: Nick Dranias
The annual Goldwater Institute Legislative Report Card scores Arizona lawmakers on their support of principles of limited constitutional government. Each piece of legislation is assessed in one of four categories for whether it expands liberty consistent with the Arizona Constitution, or restricts liberty.
Moving Forward: A Road Map for Choice and CompetitionPosted on July 15, 2013 | Type: Report | Author: Andrew N. Kleit
Choice and competition can drive Arizona’s electricity market to produce more power at a lower cost—with greater economic efficiency propelling greater economic growth and job creation. This article provides a road map with specific recommendations tailored to Arizona's unique market conditions to ensure reform is a success.
Arizona Supreme Court Denies School District's AppealPosted on May 31, 2013 | Type: Press Release
Upholding a decision that protects taxpayers from being abused by school districts misusing bond money, the Arizona Supreme Court affirmed a Court of Appeals ruling Wednesday by denying the Cave Creek Unified School District’s appeal in an ongoing legal fight between the Goldwater Institute and the district.