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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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  • Public Money for Private Gain: Legal Strategies to End Taxpayer-Funded Union Activism and Pension Spiking

    Posted on May 12, 2014 | Type: Report

    Numerous states are shaking off decades-old union shackles that have dampened job growth, weighed down economies, and created fiscal crises. The rust-belt states of Michigan and Indiana are the latest to convert to right-to-work states, putting them on a better footing for economic growth. While private sector unions are shrinking, public sector unions aren’t retreating quietly, however. Public employee unions play an outsized role in electing state and local officials with whom they then typically bargain behind closed doors over wages and benefits. These unions are leveraging that power to push back against right to work and implement policies known as release time and pension spiking.

  • Cheatham v. DiCiccio

    Posted on April 24, 2014 | Type: Case

    In September, Goldwater Institute investigative reporter 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. It's called "release time." The Goldwater Institute is taking on the city's contract with the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association (PLEA). By executing this deal with PLEA, the members of the Phoenix City Council have violated the Arizona Constitution and their duty of loyalty to the taxpayers.

  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: US FOREST SERVICE CONTINUES TO BLOCK TOMBSTONE, ARIZ RESIDENTS ACCESS TO WATER AS SCORCHING SUMMER APPROACHES, CHOOSING “WILDERNESS PRESERVATION” OVER HUMANS

    Posted on April 15, 2014 | Type: Press Release

    As the Bureau of Land Management withdraws their agents and returns confiscated cattle to a Nevada cattle rancher, another federal agency is quietly ignoring hundred-year old land rights as they block off the water supply to Tombstone, Arizona—the city once hailed as the “Town Too Tough to Die.”

  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: GA LAWMAKERS GREENLIGHT ARTICLE V BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT CONVENTION

    Posted on March 19, 2014 | Type: Press Release

    The Peach State is poised to be the first to pass the Compact for a Balanced Budget

  • Legislators and ACA Carve Out Millions for Special Interest

    Posted on March 18, 2014 | Type: In the News | Author: Emily Gersema

    Last summer, legislators and Gov. Jan Brewer made a special exception to the spending restrictions on the fund and approved a state budget bill provision that was tailor-made to give a loan to a Navajo County enterprise. As it turns out, the business in question was the Apache Railway Company, a small rail spur in Snowflake that currently employs eight people.

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