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 thinks it may have a better chance to block the incentive agreement between Phoenix and the CityNorth development in the Arizona Court of Appeals.
"A lot of the applicable law was developed in the Court of Appeals," said Clint Bolick, attorney for the institute. "Trial judges often are reluctant to strike down laws."
Bolick was the losing attorney in the trial phase of the case, which challenged the $97.4million incentive agreement on grounds that it violated several clauses of the state Constitution.
Huge city tax-break under fire
Feb. 11, 2008 06:56 PM
Desperate to keep another Nordstrom store out of Scottsdale, the City of Phoenix put together a $100 million incentive deal to lure the upscale retailer to the new CityNorth development.
That picture emerged in Maricopa County Superior Court arguments Monday over the constitutionality of the package.
Art Segal has a blog. A lot more people know that now, courtesy of one more ham-handed attempt to squelch dissent in Oro Valley.
Segals blog letorovalleyexcel.com often says uncomplimentary things about some folks at town hall. Hell also tells you to fix that by electing some new council members. That was the towns rub.
$800 for dinner, $100 bottle of wine, $125 at a nail salon? Public officials in Goodyear, Arizona live a lavish lifestyle, wining and dinning on the taxpayer's credit card. Have public servants appointed themselves public royalty? Watch this segment and decide for yourself.
The letter writer identifies a serious structural problem with Tucson's garbage tax, but he proposes a solution even more negative than the present system. Both the current $14 per month fee and the supplemental income tax the author proposes have no relationship to the actual services rendered by the city's collection of garbage.
Starlee Rhoades discusses the misplaced spending priorities of Phoenix on ABC 15.
For years, NBC's investigative report "The Fleecing of America" has exposed billions of taxpayer dollars wasted across the country. Now, it looks like Arizona is in for a fleecing of its own.
Weeks ago, the Phoenix City Council and a developer, Thomas J. Klutznick Co., struck a deal to give the private company $100 million.
In exchange, the developer will build a shopping complex of high-end stores and luxury hotels. The city expects to rake in sales-tax revenue when the project is complete.
The Republic's support for allowing hybrid cars to use carpool (HOV) lanes is based on faulty logic in regard to reducing air pollution, as well as alleviating traffic congestion ("Go hybrid, not toll lanes," Editorial, Monday).
One of the best ways to reduce air pollution is for high-polluting cars to spend less time idling in traffic. So, if any car should not use the high-occupancy vehicle lane, it's hybrids. Their claim to fame is that they shut off their polluting gas engine while idling and switch to their emission-free electric motor.
In the late 1950s, Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater fought a losing battle against what ultimately became the first law providing federal funding for k-12 schools. Sen. Goldwater called 12 federal mandates in the bill "the camel's nose under the tent," and warned, "Federal aid to education invariably means federal control of education."
Since then the federal government has steadily increased its control over schools, with some successes and many failures. Today a fundamental flaw in No Child Left Behind threatens to fulfill Sen. Goldwater's prophetic warning.