Governments are notorious for spending beyond their means. But they can be reined in through a range of tools, from ballot-box initiatives and legislative spending caps to simply using taxpayer resources more wisely. The Goldwater Institute is a tireless watchdog, analyzing and uncovering ways to make spending more efficient and accountable.
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Protecting Workers' Paychecks from Union RaidsPosted on April 14, 2012 | Type: In the News | Author: Darcy Olsen
If you’ve ever signed up for a magazine subscription, cable TV, or purchased something from an infomercial, you’ve probably encountered the automatic renewal process. After the initial subscription period ends, some companies continue charging you until you jump through myriad time-consuming hoops. And you may never get your money back.
URGENT: CALL SPEAKER TOBIN AND TELL HIM TO BRING HB 2103 TO THE FLOOR!Posted on April 12, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Starlee Rhoades
It’s no secret that government unions need reform. Government workers earn nearly twice as much as their private sector counterparts, and taxpayers are paying for it. These inflated salaries and benefits are threatening to bankrupt Arizona cities. On top of that, unions spend millions to influence the outcome of elections, estimated to be $400 million this year alone, and support issues that are at odds with the limited government policies you and I support.
When Debt Is Not Debt and a Government Isn't a GovernmentPosted on April 05, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Mark Flatten
You may already know that every American is on the hook for just under $50,000, each person’s piece of the $15.6 trillion in debt run up by the federal government. But what you may not know is that so much more is owed in your name; about $10,258 for every Arizonan’s share of the $66.5 billion in debt and unfunded obligations borrowed by state and local governments.
Debt and Taxes: Arizona Taxpayers on Hook for $66 Billion Tab Run Up by State, Local GovernmentsPosted on April 05, 2012 | Type: Investigative Report | Author: Mark Flatten
State and local governments in Arizona owe more than $66.5 billion in outstanding debt and unfunded obligations, according to official estimates in disclosure reports scattered across various agencies. That figure is based largely on annual reports from government agencies and pension funds that run through June 2011. Numbers that have been updated since have only gotten worse.
Debt and Taxes: Recommendations for ReformPosted on April 04, 2012 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Stephen Slivinski
Arizonans, through their state and local governments, are in debt to the tune of $66.5 billion. That’s over $10,000 for every man, woman, and child in the state. To put that in perspective, the average person’s income in Arizona is less than $36,000 per year.