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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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  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: COURT RULES TAXPAYER-FUNDED UNION ACTIVISM ILLEGAL, UNCONSTITUTIONAL

    Posted on January 29, 2014 | Type: Press Release

    Government workers can no longer perform union work on the job

  • PENSION SPIKING LAWSUIT HIGHLIGHTS GROSS ABUSES OF AMERICAN TAXPAYERS

    Posted on January 23, 2014 | Type: Press Release

    As public employee unions strike deals with public officials to raid money from public coffers to pad their own pockets in retirement, a lawsuit over illegal pension spiking practices in Phoenix provides an up-close look at a national epidemic of pension abuses.

  • 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.

  • 2013 Legislative Report Card for Arizona

    Posted 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.

  • Goldwater Institute Responds to August 6 Letter from Sen Dick Durbin

    Posted on August 09, 2013 | Type: Blog | Author: Darcy Olsen

    Earlier this week, U.S. Sen Dick Durbin (D-Ill) contacted the Goldwater Institute to inquire about the private organization's relationship to the American Legislative Exchange Council--most notably, whether the Institute has supported ALEC in the past or endorsed the group's "Stand Your Ground" model legislation. The following is a response by Goldwater Institute senior staff to Sen Durbin's office, and this letter (pasted below) will be sent to the office of Sen Durbin today. This letter, as well as Sen Durbin's original letter are linked at the bottom of this article.

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