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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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  • If cops can't do it, surely hockey owners can't either

    Posted on June 07, 2012 | Type: In the News | Author: Laurie Roberts

    A judge this week ruled that the city of Phoenix can’t pay police officers to conduct union work. That, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Katherine Cooper ruled, is a violation of the state Constitution. Specifically, of the part of the constitution that says you can’t make a gift of public money for private concerns.

  • Letter to the Mayor and Councilmembers of Glendale

    Posted on June 06, 2012 | Type: Press Release

    As the City considers a deal that will add substantially to its existing financial obligations, at a time when it is overloaded with debt and has had to cut city services and lay off city workers, we hope the Council will carefully consider the following questions:

  • Goldwater Institute: Our Supreme Court of hockey

    Posted on June 05, 2012 | Type: In the News | Author: E.J. Montini

    The folks at the Goldwater Institute were fielding calls all Tuesday morning from news reporters wondering how the all-powerful institute will rule on the state of professional hockey in Arizona.

  • Statement on Glendale's Proposed Coyotes Arena Deal

    Posted on May 23, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Darcy Olsen

    Although the Council approved an arena management fee in the budget Tuesday, nothing requires the Council to spend all or any part of it. The city could sign an arena management contract for less than that amount or for no amount at all if the city decides to manage the arena itself or put it out for competitive bidding. That said, we do believe this arena management fee is legally questionable if it is far greater than the value of the services to be provided. Additionally, Glendale taxpayers may choose to pursue future action to contest the fee by referendum. The Goldwater Institute cannot authoritatively comment on the legality of the deal until we and Glendale taxpayers can see the details. However, we are encouraged by reports that this deal will not include a massive up-front payment to help the buyer purchase the team, and we hope that the city will reach a deal that comports with the law and protects the interests of Glendale taxpayers.

  • WSJ: Glendale's Public Hockey Project

    Posted on May 09, 2012 | Type: In the News

    The Cash-Strapped Arizona City Loses $12.9 Million a Year Supporting the NHL's Coyotes

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