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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Red Carpet TreatmentPosted on January 30, 2007 | Type: Blog | Author: Benjamin Barr
The Oscars are still a month away, so here are a few awards to tide you over. Drum roll, please. The winners of the Golden Turkey Award for taxpayer-funded lobbying are the Department of Transportation, Maricopa County, and the City of Tucson. In Arizona, these three government bodies are the top-spenders of tax dollars on lobbyists. And while they may be winners of the Golden Turkey Award, the losers are Arizona taxpayers.
Arizona's New Pop IdolPosted on January 17, 2007 | Type: Blog | Author: Noah Clarke
The British Pop band Naked Eyes was ahead of its time. Its 1983 hit song Promises, Promises sums up the Governor's health insurance proposal:
Arizona's E-CourtPosted on December 13, 2006 | Type: Blog | Author: Benjamin Barr
This time of the year, its tradition to deck the halls with boughs of holly. But Maricopa County courts have decked the halls another way with stacks upon stacks of files. Taking a welcome step into the digital age, Maricopa County's judiciary is about to embrace the old adage that less is more. Take court files for example.
All or NothingPosted on November 16, 2006 | Type: Blog | Author: Tom Patterson
How well is the citizens initiative process working?
State lawmakers get poor marks from Goldwater groupPosted on November 06, 2006 | Type: In the News
The Arizona Legislature --including leaders from both parties -- received poor marks for controlling government spending.