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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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.
Tolling I-15 is a good idea from ADOTPosted on November 23, 2011 | Type: Blog | Author: Byron Schlomach
The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) is pushing for a section of I-15 to be included as one of three interstate highway toll pilot projects. Those who use that section of highway should be the ones who pay for it.
Starlee Rhoades talks pensions and campaign finance on Sunday Square OffPosted on October 30, 2011 | Type: In the News
The Goldwater Institute's Starlee Rhoades appeared on KPNX's Sunday Square Off along with former candidate for attorney general Felecia Rotellini, and Arizona Republic columnist Laurie Roberts, where they discussed campaign finance, pensions, and CPS.