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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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  • Report: Proposed Tax Credit Could Boost Jobs Outlook

    Posted on November 09, 2011 | Type: Press Release

    In Arizona and across the country, small business owners and entrepreneurs spend billions of dollars and countless hours complying with regulations. But a new recommendation from the Goldwater Institute could offer these businesses help – and boost the state’s jobs outlook along the way.

  • City of Mesa throws Cubs a softball, will taxpayers cry foul?

    Posted on November 03, 2011 | Type: Blog | Author: Carrie Ann Sitren

    Mesa pitched a softball to the Chicago Cubs baseball team, and the Cubs hit it out of the park – but taxpayers should cry foul. Under a new contract, the city will shell out $84 million to build a sparkling new stadium for Cubs spring training. The city promised an additional $15 million for parking, power lines, and other infrastructure, on top of costs for maintenance and capital improvements for 30 years.

  • Phoenix Labor Union Targets Former Trustee Who Questioned How Taxpayer Money is Spent

    Posted on October 27, 2011 | Type: Investigative Report | Author: Mark Flatten

    Natasha Nimer had a simple question: As a trustee in a local labor union representing City of Phoenix employees, did she have a duty to check the books of a taxpayer-funded insurance account it managed? So she asked the executive board of AFSCME Local 2960. The response was an emphatic “no.” She dropped the matter and thought it would end there. She was wrong.

  • Snow shovels needed for Goodyear city council

    Posted on October 19, 2011 | Type: Blog | Author: Nick Dranias

    It rarely snows in the Valley — especially in October. But the Goodyear city council is about to get snowed by United Goodyear Fire Department Local 4005.

  • How Courts Can Help End Public-Sector Collusion

    Posted on September 22, 2011 | Type: Blog | Author: Nick Dranias

    From Phoenix to Pima County, politicians and public-sector unions routinely agree to put union representatives on the government payroll, paying them millions of taxpayer dollars exclusively for union work, renewing these agreements year after year. And no wonder — everyone at the bargaining table wins: Unions secure funding and elected officials secure union support. But taxpayers — who have no seat at the table — lose.

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