City & Local Reform
It turns out that you can fight town hall. Here’s how we’re standing up for local citizens and winning.
The Goldwater Institute Watchdog Report is a periodic publication intended to identify government corruption and waste and to hold politicians and public agencies accountable to taxpayers.
When Phoenix realized that it faced a projected $245 million budget shortfall for the coming fiscal year, new City Manager David Cavazos requested that every department submit proposed budget reductions ranging from 7 to 25 percent. Those proposals were placed on his desk in November and early December. But when the Goldwater Institute asked for them, they disappeared into a black hole.
PHOENIX--Some Arizona cities that recruit major shopping malls and high-rise buildings have used a special tax incentive that waives most of the development's property taxes, often for 50 years or longer.
PHOENIX--The City of Phoenix refuses to share with the public any records that might reveal details about a proposed tax exemption to help a downtown hotel remodel its rooms and hallways.
With Tucson's local tax and fee revenues plummeting, it's the right time to focus local government spending on the essentials. So, Proposition 200 may seem like a great idea.
The Goldwater Institute's Mark Flatten released his investigative report "High Fliers", which looks at the abuses of a program meant for disadvantaged business owners at Sky Harbor Airport. ABC 15 profiled the investigation.
Phoenix--A federal program intended to help disadvantaged business owners win contracts at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix is benefiting a small group of political insiders who are anything but disadvantaged.