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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Editorial: Public records should be openPosted on January 17, 2012 | Type: In the News
Enough already. The battle for public-records access between Glendale and the Goldwater Institute is nearing three years. The city continues to dig in its heels.
NY Times profiles Goldwater Institute: "A Watchdog for Conservative Ideals"Posted on December 26, 2011 | Type: In the News | Author: Marc Lacey
Clint Bolick looks like any other high-powered lawyer, for the most part. But glance down at his index finger, which sports a scorpion tattoo, for first-hand evidence of his unconventional streak.
City, Police Union Sued By TaxpayersPosted on December 08, 2011 | Type: Press Release
Calling it an unconstitutional giveaway that harms taxpayers and takes police resources off the streets, two Phoenix residents today filed suit against the City of Phoenix and the city’s largest police union, seeking to end the widespread practice of allowing public-sector employees to do union work while on the city payroll.
Taking on the union freebiesPosted on December 07, 2011 | Type: Blog | Author: Clint Bolick
In September, my colleague Mark Flatten released an investigative report showing that Phoenix and other Arizona cities spend millions of dollars every year to pay employees to perform union work on city time. Less than three months later, we are going to court on behalf of Phoenix taxpayers to put an end to the practice of union “release time.”
Court teaches school district a lessonPosted on November 28, 2011 | Type: Article | Author: Christina Sandefur
Imagine hiring a builder to add a kitchen on to your house. You agree to a price, sign a contract, and take out a loan. But without consulting you, the builder decides instead to build a garage. You would sue him for violating the contract and you would win.