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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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  • Risk vs. Rewards: Chandler police raise risk to officers as they chase lucrative out-of-town drug deals

    Posted on March 14, 2011 | Type: Investigative Report | Author: Mark Flatten

    Chandler police Detective Carlos Ledesma was sitting at a card table when the drug bust went sour. He did not even have time to stand before being cut down by four rifle shots to the chest, and he died a short time later.

  • A Critical Battle Over The Sports Economics Model

    Posted on March 10, 2011 | Type: In the News | Author: Warren Meyer

    A critical battle is underway challenging the very heart of the professional sports economics model. The unlikely fight is between a struggling league (the NHL), a suburb with delusions of grandeur (Glendale, Arizona), and a small, regional think tank (the Goldwater Institute). At stake is an important source of value for nearly every professional sports team: taxpayer subsidies.

  • Christina Kohn talks with KNST about an 'obesity zoning' plan that may be coming to Pima County

    Posted on February 10, 2011 | Type: Audio

    The Goldwater Institute's Christina Kohn joined Garret Lewis, host of The Morning Ritual on KNST in Tucson, to talk about Pima County's apparent plan to use federal stimulus funds to implement so-called 'obesity zoning' in southern Arizona.

  • Cities can boost business with more freedom

    Posted on September 21, 2010 | Type: Blog | Author: Nick Dranias

    Despite the struggling economy, many local governments continue to make it harder for businesses to survive.

  • Arizona cities and towns must reclaim heritage of competitive outsourcing

    Posted on September 09, 2010 | Type: Blog | Author: Nick Dranias

    What’s the big secret in Sandy Springs, Georgia? This town of 83,000 furnishes Cadillac-level services on a budget of $1,996 per person.

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