City & Local Reform
There are almost 90,000 local governments in America, with an average of one new local government born every day. Many are unaccountable to taxpayers and special interest-driven, and the Goldwater Institute’s “New Charter for American Cities” gives citizens the tools they need to fight City Hall and hold their local governments accountable.
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Property Tax Exemptions Shift Burden to NeighborsPosted on February 18, 2010 | Type: Press Release
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.
Scottsdale and Tempe don't need higher hotel taxesPosted on February 10, 2010 | Type: Blog | Author: Byron Schlomach
On March 9, Scottsdale and Tempe voters will decide whether to approve a two percentage point increase in their cities’ tax on hotel room rentals. In both cities, hotel associations seem united in support of the measures.
Phoenix Withholds Public Records for Hotel Remodeling "Development" DealPosted on February 05, 2010 | Type: Press Release
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.
Three E's should define next governor's agendaPosted on January 21, 2010 | Type: Blog | Author: Clint Bolick
The Arizona Governor’s office is up for grabs and lots of people seem to want it.
Reforming America's cities one policy at a timePosted on December 08, 2009 | Type: Blog | Author: Nick Dranias
Nine months ago, the Goldwater Institute introduced a plan to apply the principles of limited government to the governments closest to home. A New Charter for American Cities advocates the establishment of a “Local Liberty Charter” whereby citizens and local public officials could adopt a set of limited-government policies—a local bill of rights—to restrain local taxing and spending, reduce local regulation, and restructure local politics to check and balance governmental power.