Government Spending

No government has ever spent its way to prosperity. Our proposals help governments be fiscally responsible so citizens can be prosperous.

<p>No government has ever spent its way to prosperity. Our proposals help governments be fiscally responsible so citizens can be prosperous.</p>

Unprincipled politicians use unlimited debt to buy votes today while shifting the costs of their policies to non-voting future generations. There is no effective political check to stop such behavior—except to impose a strong constitutional limit on the use of debt.

Contact: Lucy Caldwell

(602) 633-8986

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What happened to bring about this challenge?

In May 2013, the Goldwater Institute sent a letter to the City of Phoenix asking it to end its illegal policy of allowing senior police personnel to increase the amount of their pensions by cashing in unused sick leave, vacation, and other benefits. This practice of "pension spiking" violates state law. The city's refusal to end this policy is an affront to the rule of law and the Goldwater Institute is representing Phoenix taxpayers to stop this abusive practice.

Despite recent stock market highs, Arizona's pension systems remain dead men walking. Officially, the state's major pension funds are 72 percent funded, just 7 percentage points above what the federal government defines as the "red zone," or in critical condition. This means they are short at least $14.5 billion, or $2,300 for every man, woman, and child in the state.

Contact: Lucy Caldwell
(602) 633-8986


Have you ever squeezed a balloon and had parts of it squeeze out between your fingers? Unless you pop the balloon with a pin, it will reemerge somewhere else when you squeeze it. Public employee pensions have become balloons, and abuse of public pension systems keeps oozing despite attempts to put the squeeze on it.

Uncle Sam thinks he knows what’s right for your health, and he’s using your hard-earned money to teach you that lesson. Two years ago, the Goldwater Institute reported that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gave Pima County, Arizona nearly $16 million through its Communities Putting Prevention to Work program to reduce obesity and promote healthy lifestyles. Our friends at Cause of Action, a watchdog organization that reports on government waste, have released a report detailing how Pima and other counties have been spending your tax money.