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.
Wright v. StantonPosted on August 15, 2013 | Type: Case
The City of Phoenix’s public retirement systems are sinking further into the red, but that hasn't stopped the city and Mayor Stanton from encouraging senior police officers to spike their pensions in violation of state law. Phoenix’s contract with public safety workers permits employees to “cash in” unused sick leave, vacation leave, compensatory time, and other fringe benefits as salary in the years preceding retirement, thus inflating or “spiking” final salary for pension calculation purposes. Depending on the extent of the spiking, this can lead to significant increases in pension payments over the lifetime of the pensioner – or hundreds of millions of dollars in increased costs to Phoenix taxpayers. The Goldwater Institute is representing Phoenix taxpayers to stop this abusive and unlawful practice.
Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission v. BennettPosted on August 06, 2013 | Type: Case
On August 6th, 2013, the Goldwater Institute filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit the Arizona Citizens Clean Election Commission filed against the state of Arizona claiming that its new campaign finance law violated the Voter Protection Act. The Goldwater Institute is asking for the right to intervene in this case to protect the First Amendment rights of candidates, political committees, and individual contributors in Arizona.
Arizona Students Association v. Arizona Board of RegentsPosted on March 21, 2013 | Type: Case
The Goldwater Institute is representing five public university students whose First Amendment rights were violated when the Arizona Students Association used mandatory tuition surcharges to support a 2012 ballot initiative that the students opposed.
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.