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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Tolling I-15 is a good idea from ADOTPosted on November 23, 2011 | Type: Blog | Author: Byron Schlomach
The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) is pushing for a section of I-15 to be included as one of three interstate highway toll pilot projects. Those who use that section of highway should be the ones who pay for it.
Starlee Rhoades talks pensions and campaign finance on Sunday Square OffPosted on October 30, 2011 | Type: In the News
The Goldwater Institute's Starlee Rhoades appeared on KPNX's Sunday Square Off along with former candidate for attorney general Felecia Rotellini, and Arizona Republic columnist Laurie Roberts, where they discussed campaign finance, pensions, and CPS.
Decision holding school district to its promise has potentially broad effectsPosted on October 12, 2011 | Type: Blog | Author: Christina Kohn
Last month, a Superior Court Judge ruled that school districts may not use bond money for projects that voters have not approved. That decision has already influenced at least one school district’s plans for voter-designated funds.
Overpayments still rampant in Arizona's unemployment insurance programPosted on September 29, 2011 | Type: Blog | Author: Stephen Slivinski
Keeping government-imposed costs of employing workers low should be part of Arizona’s economic development strategy. But the legislature must fix our broken unemployment insurance system.
Arizona's broken budget systemPosted on September 28, 2011 | Type: Blog | Author: Byron Schlomach
The deck is stacked against taxpayers in favor of spenders, and the best way to counteract this natural tendency is with a budget system that favors taxpayers.