Too often, the traditional public-school model fails students and teachers. Charter schools, scholarship tax credits, and merit pay are giving students a better education and teachers a better career.
Americans are a hard-working bunch and should keep what they earn. Our ideas for tax reform reduce the burden of taxes while ensuring governments have the resources to focus on core responsibilities.
Government Red Tape
Whether it’s layers of licensing requirements or endless red tape, government rules and regulations can stifle business. Learn how we can free up entrepreneurs.
No government has ever spent its way to prosperity. Our proposals help governments be fiscally responsible so citizens can be prosperous.
Government can be freedom’s best friend when it protects citizens’ constitutional rights. Here’s how the Goldwater Institute is ensuring your rights are protected.
Your home is your castle—unless the government thinks it should be a shopping center. Learn how citizens and local governments can protect homes and businesses from government takeovers.
The states are powerful enough to stand up to the federal government when it violates citizens’ rights. Learn how we can better leverage the power of states.
Issues & Cases
School children, taxpayers, entrepreneurs—government laws and regulations affect us all. Learn more about the issues and cases that matter to you here.
City & Local Reform
It turns out that you can fight town hall. Here’s how we’re standing up for local citizens and winning.
Sure, talk is cheap. But the right to talk is priceless. Here’s what Goldwater is doing to defend that right.
Business & Job Creation
Businesses need a friendly and fair business environment so they can compete, innovate, and create jobs. We’re keeping politicians from playing favorites by offering special deals and tax breaks to the favored few.
Back-room deals and closed doors are not the stuff of free governments. Our work is making governments more transparent and accountable to citizens.
When it comes to unionizing, workers should be free of intimidation. The Goldwater Institute’s Save Our Secret Ballot effort is ensuring workers have anonymous ballots in union votes.
Campaign Finance & Election
Campaigns should be open and free, not prone to manipulation through government financing schemes. And now the U.S. Supreme Court agrees.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: DOJ 'REVIEW’ ACTION COULD REGULATE LOUISIANA VOUCHER PROGRAM OUT OF EXISTENCE
In light of efforts by the Justice Department to impose burdensome regulations on Louisiana's popular school voucher program, the Goldwater Institute filed an appeal Thursday, on behalf of Louisiana families and the Black Alliance for Educational Options, asking the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to allow the families' voices to be heard in the case.Read More >>
MEDIA ADVISORY: Here Are Five Unbelievable Things Government Unions Are Doing With Your Tax Dollars
Next week, taxpayers represented by the Goldwater Institute will take on a Phoenix, Ariz. police union (PLEA) in court over the practice of “release time,” a contract provision in collectively bargained contracts between local officials and government unions. With release time, government employees such as police officers can be released from their full-time jobs as public workers protecting the safety of our families to do full-time work for the union, while still collecting full salaries and pension benefits.Read More >>
Compact For America
49 states have a balanced budget requirement or debt limit. They are far from perfect, but they keep most States out of the situation faced by the federal government—which borrows nearly 50 cents of every dollar spent. It is time we learn from the States. Based on what debt limits have worked best in the States over 150 years of trial and error, Compact for America advances a powerful Balanced Budget Amendment that will finally bring sanity to the federal government's finances. An interstate compact provides the vehicle to advance the BBA because it transforms the otherwise cumbersome state-initiated amendment process under Article V of the United States Constitution into a “turn-key” operation.Read More >>