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A government that operates behind closed doors cannot be the government of a free people. The Goldwater Institute has prompted several reforms shining light into the inner workings of government, including the nation’s most comprehensive online database of line-by-line government spending and restrictions on politicians using tax money for self-promotion. Our regular watchdog reports are helping citizens hold their elected officials accountable.

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  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: US FOREST SERVICE CONTINUES TO BLOCK TOMBSTONE, ARIZ RESIDENTS ACCESS TO WATER AS SCORCHING SUMMER APPROACHES, CHOOSING “WILDERNESS PRESERVATION” OVER HUMANS

    Posted on April 15, 2014 | Type: Press Release

    As the Bureau of Land Management withdraws their agents and returns confiscated cattle to a Nevada cattle rancher, another federal agency is quietly ignoring hundred-year old land rights as they block off the water supply to Tombstone, Arizona—the city once hailed as the “Town Too Tough to Die.”

  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: GA LAWMAKERS GREENLIGHT ARTICLE V BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT CONVENTION

    Posted on March 19, 2014 | Type: Press Release

    The Peach State is poised to be the first to pass the Compact for a Balanced Budget

  • Legislators and ACA Carve Out Millions for Special Interest

    Posted on March 18, 2014 | Type: In the News | Author: Emily Gersema

    Last summer, legislators and Gov. Jan Brewer made a special exception to the spending restrictions on the fund and approved a state budget bill provision that was tailor-made to give a loan to a Navajo County enterprise. As it turns out, the business in question was the Apache Railway Company, a small rail spur in Snowflake that currently employs eight people.

  • MEDIA ADVISORY: UNION, CITY ALLIES ASKS JUDGE TO APPROVE EXTRA 16,000 HOURS OF VACATION TIME FOR UNION BUSINESS

    Posted on March 06, 2014 | Type: Press Release

    Following a January court ruling declaring taxpayer-funded union activism in public labor contracts unconstitutional, a police union in Phoenix is asking a judge to bless a scheme that would dole out an additional 1,000 hours per week of vacation to use on whatever union members want--chiefly, union business.

  • MEDIA ADVISORY: GOLDWATER INSTITUTE ASKS JUDGE TO BLOCK NEW PHOENIX RELEASE TIME PROVISIONS SET TO TAKE EFFECT MONDAY

    Posted on February 21, 2014 | Type: Press Release

    The Goldwater Institute today filed a motion for temporary restraining order to bar a controversial part of the release-time agreement approved by the Phoenix City Council yesterday by a 6-3 vote that is set to go into effect on Monday.

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