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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Illinois Report Another Example of Government Playing FavoritesPosted on April 29, 2005 | Type: Blog
Illinois has given us just one more example of how allowing government to reward large contracts to private companies opens the door to corruption and abuse. This week, the state's auditor general issued a report finding that the agency responsible for cutting government waste instead spent lavishly and awarded multimillion-dollar contracts to consultants who might have had an inside track.
Economic Indicators Show Phoenix is Model City for New WestPosted on April 27, 2005 | Type: In the News
PHOENIX-A new report by renowned urban development expert Joel Kotkin shows Phoenix's multi-centric growth has made it a national leader by almost all measures of economic strength. In population growth, job growth, quality of jobs, cost of living, average wages, income growth, and presence of high-tech companies, the Phoenix region is excelling and performing far better than cities traditionally thought to be exemplars of urban development. For instance, after adjusting for cost of living, Phoenix's 2003 average wage was 5.1 percent higher than Boston's, 28.9 percent higher than San Diego's, and 33.5 percent higher than San Francisco's.
An Economic PowerhousePosted on April 25, 2005 | Type: Blog
In one of his regular email correspondences, Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon wrote Friday, "I said that in order to be a GREAT city, THIS city needs to excel in three areas: Education, Public Safety and Jobs."
Cherry-picking on TABORPosted on March 23, 2005 | Type: Blog
If you want to know why a Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) is a good idea for Arizona, see this Goldwater Institute report released yesterday. In it, you'll find out how TABOR maintains a fiscally responsible limit on the state budget, could have put $4.5 billion back in Arizonans pockets, creates predictable and sustainable budget projections, and shifts power away from budget-siphoning special interests towards voters.
Alternatives to Eminent DomainPosted on February 25, 2005 | Type: Blog
Between 1998 and 2002, there were over 10,000 cases of actual or threatened government takings of private property for purposes of transferring property to other private owners. However, the practice of using local governments as real estate brokers for private developers may be coming to an end.