Congress, Ariz. school district sues taxpayers to stop questionsPosted on March 10, 2010 | Type: Investigative Report | Author: Mark Flatten
A handful of taxpayers in a small community north of Wickenburg, Arizona are being targeted by the local school district in a lawsuit that asks a judge to declare they have no right to request public records, sue the district, or complain to outside agencies.
Shifting The Burden: Cities Waive Property Taxes for Favored BusinessesPosted on February 18, 2010 | Type: Investigative Report | Author: Mark Flatten
Special deals between cities and hand-picked developers have exempted more than $2 billion in development projects from property taxes in Arizona, shifting the tax burden to surrounding property owners and creating a competitive disadvantage for other businesses, an investigation by the Goldwater Institute has found.
Clean Elections Agency Spends Millions Promoting ItselfPosted on February 11, 2010 | Type: Investigative Report | Author: Mark Flatten
As the matching funds portion of Arizona’s Clean Elections law dangles by a legal thread, the state agency that hands taxpayer funds to political candidates is preparing to spend more than $2 million to convince voters and legislators it is doing a good job.
High Fliers: How Political Insiders Gained an Edge in Sky Harbor ConcessionsPosted on October 13, 2009 | Type: Investigative Report | Author: Mark Flatten
Mary Rose Wilcox eked out a small profit from a Mexican restaurant she owned in south Phoenix before she used her race and status as the owner of a “disadvantaged” business to land a lucrative concession deal at Sky Harbor International Airport.