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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Sewers vs. Sports ArenasPosted on September 19, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Stephen Slivinski
When government issues debt, you probably think it’s paying for the construction of a highway or water and sewer improvements – the sort of things that we usually expect government to provide.
New Report: Every Arizonan Owes More than $7,500 in State DebtPosted on August 30, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Lucy Morrow Caldwell
Every Arizona household’s debt is getting bigger—but most people don’t even know they owe. In Arizona, every man, woman and child owes state and local governments more than $7,500 for bills ranging from sports stadiums to parking garages.
Risky Business: Understanding the Business Side of Government BondsPosted on July 17, 2012 | Type: Investigative Report | Author: Mark Flatten
Three law firms dominate the legal work that goes into issuing state and local government debt in Arizona, according to a review of bond documents done by the Goldwater Institute. That finding is consistent with what bond lawyers and government officials have said in interviews about the industry.
A Tale of Two CitiesPosted on June 28, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Stephen Slivinski
It was almost like the gold rush all over again in Stockton, California. With booming property values and tax revenue during the past decade, city coffers were flush and cash was flying to sports arenas, retail centers, office buildings, and parking garages.
The Gift Clause: Big Government KryptonitePosted on June 25, 2012 | Type: Issue
Gov. Scott Walker’s recall election victory and California ballot measures garnered the bulk of headlines this month. The results indicate voters are fed up with runaway government spending and lavish government union contracts. While collective bargaining and pension reform are steps in the right direction in Arizona, an institutional tool is resurfacing that will allow Americans to directly challenge wasteful spending.