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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Phoenix food tax increase a sign of failurePosted on August 04, 2010 | Type: Blog | Author: Byron Schlomach
On Sept. 11, 2007, Phoenix voters were asked to approve an 11 percent increase on the general sales tax that, it was promised, would result in 500 more police and firefighters.
Clint Bolick talks about the appeal in the Mesa Cultural Impact Fees case on ABC 15Posted on June 29, 2010 | Type: Video
The Goldwater Institute's Clint Bolick went on ABC 15 immediately after arguing the appeal in the Mesa Cultural Impact Fees case.
Sky Harbor study on need for racial preferences two years overduePosted on May 05, 2010 | Type: Investigative Report | Author: Mark Flatten
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.
New state law requires cities and counties to challenge intrusive federal rulesPosted on May 05, 2010 | Type: Blog | Author: Nick Dranias
Last week, Governor Jan Brewer signed into law Senate Bill 1398, which mandates that local governments enforce their “coordination rights” against federal agencies. This new law enlists Arizona cities, counties and special districts in the fight against an overreaching federal government.
It's Time to Shine Light on Wasteful Spending at the Local LevelPosted on March 26, 2010 | Type: Op-Ed | Author: Nick Dranias
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.