Sometimes, a good idea is enough – and other times, you need a good idea and a lawyer. On topics as diverse as federal health care, protecting freedom of speech and protecting taxpayers and business owners, the Goldwater Institute ensures that government at all levels adheres to the constitution by standing up for taxpayers’ rights in court.
Tombstone v. United StatesPosted on February 17, 2012 | Type: Case
The City of Tombstone is squaring off against the U.S. Forest Service over water rights in a fight to rescue “The Town Too Tough to Die.” Citing the Wilderness Act, the Forest Service is refusing to allow the city to repair its waterlines to mountain springs it has owned for nearly seventy years – and which date back to the 1880s. This refusal is threatening residents, private property and public safety with the risk of a total loss of fire protection and safe drinking water.
Boice v. AunePosted on December 13, 2011 | Type: Case
With her background in cosmetology and nursing, cancer-survivor Lauren Boice saw a need for cosmetology services for home-bound patients and those in assisted-living facilities. She launched Angels on Earth Home Beauty, which connects the elderly, sick, and terminally ill with licensed cosmetologists who can perform haircuts, manicures, or massages right in the clients’ homes and assisted-living facilities.
No Taxpayer Money for Politicians v. Lang, et al.Posted on November 21, 2011 | Type: Case
This lawsuit claims that the Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission’s acts of self promotion – done in the name of voter education – violate state statute.
Niehaus v. HuppenthalPosted on November 21, 2011 | Type: Case
In the 2011 legislative session, the Arizona legislature passed the Empowerment Scholarship Account program that allows parents of special needs children to withdraw their children from public schools and use a portion of the money that would have gone to the local district to design their own educational plan. Only a few months later, various groups challenged the constitutionality of the program. The Goldwater Institute has joined the State in opposing the lawsuit in order to protect the right of parents to direct the education of their children.
National Labor Relations Board v. State of Arizona (Save Our Secret Ballot case)Posted on June 13, 2011 | Type: Case
Arizona voters approved an amendment to the state constitution in 2010 to expand protection for a worker’s right to vote by secret ballot if asked to join a union. On May 6, 2011, the National Labor Relations Board sued the State of Arizona in federal court to prevent enforcement of the constitutional amendment, claiming federal law pre-empts any protection to workers that the state might offer. The Goldwater Institute has joined the State in opposing the lawsuit on behalf of individual workers to protect the Save Our Secret Ballot amendment and safeguard an individual’s right to decide whether or not to join a labor organization.